Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Australia’s two-test hero Scott Boland is set for a huge pay rise as he is tipped to overcome an injury to take his place in the Fifth Ashes Test.

Boland burst onto the stage at MCG, taking 6-7 in a man-of-the-match show and backing up Sydney to have 14 wickets from just two games in a fantastic start to his Test career.

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The Daily Telegraph’s Ben Horne reported that Australia are confident Boland will overcome their injuries after falling on their elbows and ribs during the Sydney Test.

It’s a double boost for the 32-year-old paceman, now considered one of Australia’s leading bowlers after starting the Ashes series, a relatively unknown in international cricket.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Boland’s heroism in Melbourne and Sydney has secured him a central contract in Cricket Australia, which was to be upgraded to a major money deal when the contract lists are confirmed in April.

Boland was considered an MCG specialist prior to his debut, but after also starring in Sydney and being selected for a day-night test in Hobart, there is now a feeling that he can now play in all conditions at home and abroad, covering a sharp increase.

Scott Boland is expected to overcome an injury to play in Hobart.
Scott Boland is expected to overcome an injury to play in Hobart.Source: Getty Images

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Pace legend James Anderson misses the last Ashes Test in Hobart, while Sam Billings becomes English player No. 700.

The Daily Telegraph UK reported that Sydney Thunder player Billings, who drove 500 miles down the east coast of Australia from his Big Bash missions to join the team, will take the wicketkeeping gloves off the injured star Jos Buttler.

Despite Anderson’s play matching the pink ball and swing-friendly conditions under light, Ollie Robinson, who was rested in Sydney, is set to return to the side in his place.

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The aging Anderson scored just three Tests this tour and his 1-88 at SCG looks set to be his last arc in Australia.

Billings’ unlikely rise from white-ball cricketer to red-ball debutant has been welcomed by a worn-out England camp, who lost Ashes 3-0 before producing a lively draw in Sydney.

Rory Burns is also set to get a recall at the top of the row in place of Haseeb Hameed, who has been fighting for races since the two started in the series opener in Brisbane.

James Anderson is one of several England shifts for Hobart.Source: AFP

There is less security around Ben Stokes (side extension) and century-old hero Jonny Bairstow (chipped thumb), both of whom carry injuries despite being desperate to play in the league final.

A decision on both players is likely to be left to the cast Friday afternoon, with the Stokes a chance to play exclusively as a batsman after two half-centuries in Sydney.

Sydney standby in goalkeeper Ollie Pope is on standby for either Stokes or Bairstow in a nod to the future.

Should Stokes not bowl, Chris Woakes will likely replace spinner Jack Leach to give England another seam bowling opportunity.

Australia XI (likely): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon

England XI (probably): Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, David Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood

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