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The Ashes: Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner replace Jackson Bird and Usman Khawaja

James Faulkner: Brought into the Australia side for the Oval Test

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Australia have made two changes to their side for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which gets under way on Wednesday at The Oval.

Jackson Bird and Usman Khawaja are out of the side, with Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner replacing them.

Starc returns having played in the first and third matches of the series, taking five wickets at Trent Bridge and claiming three wickets at Old Trafford along with a first innings score of 66 not out.

Faulkner, 23, will be making his Test debut having taken 11 wickets in eight one-day matches for his country.

Bird came into the Australia side for the previous Test in Durham but took just two wickets as the tourists were beaten for the third time in four Tests.


Khawaja was equally ineffective at Chester-le-Street, scoring 21 runs in the match to leave him with 114 in total for the series.

Captain Michael Clarke revealed that Shane Watson would move up the order to replace Khawaja at three, with Brad Haddin promoted to six and Faulkner batting at seven.

"You have to perform as a player. If you don't there is a chance you could be dropped," said Clarke. "That is the life we live, playing sport at the highest level."

Australia have already lost the series, having suffered defeats at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street, but Clarke is determined for his side to put up a good showing in the final Test to take into the return series this winter.

"We've lost the series but we have a lot to gain," added Clarke.

"We have a lot of cricket to play against England in the next 12 months. That is extra motivation but I don't think we need it.

"We need to go out and perform how we did in Manchester (where the rain-affected Test was drawn). If we continue to play that brand of cricket we can beat any team in the world."

Watch day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia live on Sky Sports Ashes from 10am on Wednesday, or on the Ashes Events Centre available through the Sky Sports App.

What will be the result of the fifth Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win