England are 3-0 up having won The Ashes by trouncing Australia. The visitors are keen for a win on English soil and have decided to replace Usman Khawaja with all-rounder James Faulkner.
Cricket Australia tweeted,
James Faulkner will make his Test debut tomorrow at The Oval, replacing Usman Khawaja. Starc in for Bird the only other change #Ashes— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 20, 2013
Shane Watson will bat at three, with Brad Haddin in at six and Faulkner seven. #Ashes— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 20, 2013
The Australians will be hoping these changes will help them to win one match as the return Ashes loom at the end of the year.
The home team, England on the other hand are looking to win an Ashes series 4-0 for the first time and also inflict the heaviest defeat on Australia in England. Captain Alastair Cook already sounded the war cry in his media briefing on Tuesday saying his team would do their best to win the Oval Test.
The venue of the fifth and final Test the Oval has been Australia's worst ground in England. In 35 Tests at The Oval, Australia have won six and lost 16. A terrible stat for a team that some years ago ruled the roost in ODI and Test cricket.
Michael Clarke will be hoping the new look Australian team is able to win a match and earn pride that is at stake in the final Ashes Test in England.