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Australia’s Boxing Day Test Match lineup against Pakistan remains unchanged

<p><strong>Melbourne:</strong> Australia announced an unchanged playing XI for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan on Monday, leaving local hero Scott Boland on the sidelines. A day before to the match, Australia announced an unchanged starting lineup, with captain Pat Cummins stating that Boland was unfortunate to be left out.</p>
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<p>Boland made his name known to the globe in the 2021–22 Ashes as he took 6-7 against England on the MCG on his debut. However, he will sit out the second Test on Tuesday because Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Cummins make up the pace-tiro.</p>
<p>“I don’t believe it’s a secret that we adore Scotty. According to, Cummins said, “It’s extremely rare that you’re going to get through seven Test matches with the same (fast) bowling line-up; there’s always niggles or things that pop up.”</p>
<p>“He’s prepared to go in case anything comes up, so I’m confident he’ll have a role eventually. We constantly say to Boland, ‘We appreciate what you’re providing, but you miss this one. But don’t change… and be ready,’” Cummins said.</p>
<p>For the second Test, Pakistan announced a 12-man team, but they kept the final lineup a secret.</p>
<p>Sarfaraz Ahmed’s exclusion from the Test team after his ordeal in the Peth Test is one of the team’s most noteworthy adjustments. He only managed seven runs in each of the two innings, and Mitchell Starc was giving him a lot of problems.</p>
<p>Along with the addition of Muhammad Rizwan in his stead, a few additional adjustments were made. Due to injury, bowler Khurram Shahzad was ruled out of the series; all-rounder Faheem Ashraf will also miss it after a dismal bat and ball test in Perth.</p>
<p>Australia XI: Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, Travis Head, and Mitch Marsh.</p>

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