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Usman Khawaja was left from Australia’s 12-man squad against England at Old Trafford as paceman Mitchell Starc is recalled.
Steve Smith replaces Khawaja, who batted at number three during the show but managed an average of simply 20.33 from his six innings.
Smith missed the third Test at Headingley.
Marnus Labuschagne keeps his place following three consecutive half-centuries.
Starc, who was the leading wicket taker at the World Cup earlier this season, impressed against Derbyshire in Australia’s tour game week, taking seven wickets. He’s likely to compete with Peter Siddle to get a place in the assault, with James Pattinson rested.
Although holders Australia will retain the Ashes when they win both of the two Tests the five-match series is level at 1-1 after England’s epic one-wicket victory at Headingley.
The fourth Test starts on Wednesday.
Australia XII for fourth Exam: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matt Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
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