Deccan Chronicle – Melbourne: England have lost paceman Craig Overton and may make a further change as they try to restore some pride in Tuesday’s fourth Melbourne Test after surrendering the Ashes to Australia.

Summary

  • Melbourne: England have lost paceman Craig Overton and may make a further change as they try to restore some pride in Tuesday’s fourth Melbourne Test after surrendering the Ashes to Australia.
  • Cook, who became the first Englishman to play 150 Tests during the series, has scored just 83 runs in six innings, while Root has two half-centuries but only a total of 176 runs at 29.33.
  • In comparison, Australia skipper Steve Smith is in cracking form and is coming off a Test-best 239 in the third Test.
  • Starc out, Bird in for Boxing Day TestAustralia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was on Sunday ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test with a heel injury and will be replaced by Jackson Bird.
  • Starc, who is Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the series with 19, bruised his heel bowling in Australia’s series-clinching third Test win in Perth last week.


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