Australia announce playing XI to face South Africa in second WTC23 Test

Australia have locked in their XI for the Boxing Day Test against South Africa here.

Josh Hazlewood is set to miss another Test as he continues his recovery from a side strain. The hero of last year’s Ashes, Scott Boland has retained his place in the XI with the local star hoping to continue his good form.

Speaking to reporters on Christmas morning, Australia captain Pat Cummins addressed the selection of Boland over the seasoned campaigner Hazlewood.

“We gave Joshy (Hazlewood) every chance, (but) it just got to a stage where (he) more than anyone else felt like he was a little bit underdone.

“It’s a mark of the man really, he himself said ‘don’t feel quite right’ so he kind of pulled himself out of selection.

“We talk a lot about how (as) a team we need a squad mentality and I think it’s another great example.”

There are no changes in the batting lineup for Australia as David Warner gears up to play in his 100th Test for Australia. He will be accompanied at the top by fellow left-hander Usman Khawaja, followed by Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and the Player of the Match from the first Test, Travis Head.

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Australia XI for second Test: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

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