MANCHESTER – Australia have dropped top order batsman Usman Khawaja for the fourth Ashes test against England and recalled Steve Smith in their 12-man side after the former captain recovered from concussion.
Selectors ran out of patience with Khawaja after the lefthander averaged 20.33 in six innings in the series while squandering a number of promising starts.
Khawaja makes way for Smith, who missed the third test after being felled by a short ball from Jofra Archer during the second match at Lord's.
Smith's return is a timely boost for Australia, who need only win one of the final two matches to retain the Ashes.
The series is tied at 1-1 after England claimed a tense one-wicket win at Headingley courtesy of a brilliant, unbeaten century by Ben Stokes on the final day.