Warner and Usman Khawaja will open the batting for the last time, while the pair of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will once again try to play a big innings after consecutive poor scores. While Cameron Green was seen practicing for quite some time in the nets, he is being left out of the team due to in-form Mitchell Marsh.
When Marsh came to bat in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test, the team’s score was 16/4 and from there he scored an excellent inning of 96 runs and as a result, he got a place in the team again. Australia has a busy schedule from early 2024. After the Pak series, the team will play an all-format series against West Indies from January 17 and then a series against New Zealand from February 21.
Despite workload management, Australia has decided not to make any changes in the team and the brilliant trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will handle the responsibility of the fast bowling department. Players like Travis Head and Nathan Lyon have also retained their places in the playing eleven, while wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey will also remain in the squad.
Australia’s playing XI for the third test against Pakistan:
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
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