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Worcestershire v Australia: Tourists make five changes for final Ashes tune-up

Chris Rogers: County cricket veteran to play in tour match after being given Ashes chance

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New Australia coach Darren Lehmann will give several fringe players a chance to impress when Australia take on Worcestershire in their final Ashes warm-up.

The tourists have made five changes ahead of the four-day clash at New Road, which starts on Tuesday.

Fast bowlers Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris have the chance to push their credentials after replacing James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

Spinner Nathan Lyon also drops out of the side which beat Somerset by six wickets, with 19-year-old Ashton Agar getting the nod instead.

Master stroke or act of panic?

Veteran batsman Chris Rogers, who has been confirmed as an opener for the first Ashes Test despite his solitary Test appearance coming in 2008, takes Usman Khawaja's spot.

Leg-spinning all-rounder Steven Smith comes in for Mitchell Starc in a side which will once again be led by captain Michael Clarke, who appears to have recovered from his back problems.

The other players who keep their places are wicket-keeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin, batsmen Ed Cowan, Shane Watson and Phil Hughes and all-rounder James Faulkner.

The only touring players who have not been picked for one of the tour games are David Warner, who is suspended until the first Test after attacking England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar, and back-up gloveman Matthew Wade.

Australia team: Cowan, Watson, Rogers, Clarke (c), Hughes, Smith, Haddin (vc), Faulkner, Bird, Harris, Agar.

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