Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Following a late fitness test, Aussie pickers and the medical team have made the final call on Scott Boland’s rib injury. Follow the entire fifth test action from Bellerive Oval

Scott Boland appears to have passed one final fitness test to play in the Ashes final in Hobart.

The fast bowler marked his run with Australia’s other bowlers before playing at the Bellerive Oval as he prepares for his third Test in a row in the series.

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Boland struggled with a rib injury, but voters and medical staff support him to play his way through the pain.

The big fast was originally chosen as the MCG specialist, but has risen in ratings to the point that he now gains confidence to play through pain – so vital has he become for the attack.

Australia’s only change for Sydney is that Travis Head returns to the middle row, forcing Marcus Harris to miss it so Usman Khawaja can make room to switch to the top of the row.

However, the tires are on and the throw has been delayed due to rain.

The fifth Ashes Test from Hobart was to start at 15 (AEDT). Follow all the action in our liveblog below.

Live updates

jordan.pinto

Hi and welcome to our liveblog about the fifth ash test. Stick to us, we bring you all the action right during the day!

Light rain has fallen in Hobart this afternoon, but the good news is that the covers are off and the throw will now be held at. 15.00 (AEDT).

As Ben Horne reported earlier, Scott Boland looks set to take his place on the Australian side, despite battling a rib injury this week.

However, he will not be the only enthusiastic bowler with lots of grass on the Bellerive Oval wicket.

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