England’s super early surrender of the Ashes means that this will be the first of the two dead rubbers that the series will serve us.
After losing the series inside 12 playing days, the England camp has attracted a barrage of criticism, and to make matters worse, they have temporarily lost nine members of their support staff, including coach Chris Silverwood to Covid. Both him and captain Joe Root are under immense pressure and their futures will be on the line in the remaining two Tests.
The tourists are expected to make one change to their playing eleven, with Ollie Robinson going out and Stuart Broad being reinstated after missing the last Test.
Australia have cruised through this Ashes series against a weak and meek England side, and even though they have a few concerns regarding their squad, it won’t be anything major as the series is already in the bag.
Travis Head is out due to Covid but it shouldn’t be much of a problem as Usman Khawaja is more than capable of filling in for him.
They have an array of pacers to pick from, and based on what we’ve seen so far, any random selection can wreak havoc. The names do not matter at this point, so dominant the hosts have been. Josh Hazlewood is still nursing a side strain while Jhye Richardson has a shin niggle. Both are not in contention for this game.
The most important selection aspect probably is whether or not legspinner Mitchell Swepson gets his much-awaited debut.