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Australia name unchanged squad for Melbourne Test

Australia will be concerned by the fitness of Mitchell Starc (right)
Australia will be concerned by the fitness of Mitchell Starc (right)

Australia have retained an unchanged 13-man squad for the Boxing Day Test against England to be played in Melbourne from 26th December.

The news follows despite seamer Mitchell Starc is nursing a sore heel that he sustained during the third Test in Perth. Despite, the injury, the 27-year-old continued to bowl on the fifth and final day which saw the home claim an innings victory and with it the Ashes series following wins in Brisbane and Adelaide as well.

A statement released by Cricket Australia confirmed that Starc's injury will be assessed in the coming days and Jackson Bird will remain with the Test squad instead of being released for his Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers.

"Not too bad, a bit sore," told head coach Darren Lehmann to WWOS ahead of the final day's play.

"We’ll just have to wait for the end of the game and assess him.

"I thought he bowled unbelievable well last night, got the ball reversing to get that wicket of Vince, so we’ll see how he goes."

If Starc fails to clear the fitness test, Bird is likely to be drafted in as a straight replacement as Australia aim to maintain pressure on the England side that had already lost hold of the Urn.

Australia squad for fourth Test:

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird

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