Australia have named a much-changed team for their tour match against Derbyshire as they begin preparations for the fourth Ashes Test.
The tourists were beaten in a draining third match at Headingley as Ben Stokes produced one of Test cricket’s greatest innings to secure a one-wicket England win.
From that side, unsurprisingly, there are a number of changes against Derbyshire for the fixture starting on Thursday, with Steve Smith recalled following his absence with concussion.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I faced some bowlers in the nets the other day. It’s a bit of a slow process, you’ve got to tick off a few different boxes.
“I’m going well and will play the Derby game. Get through that and I’m pretty confident I’ll be right for the fourth Test match.”
Smith is joined in the side by Alex Carey, who will take the gloves in captain Tim Paine’s absence, and Mitchell Starc, who will look to force his way into the bowling attack.
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Carey, who played at the Cricket World Cup, had been in county action with Sussex but has been called in to join the Australia group.
Cameron Bancroft and Peter Siddle return, while Mitchell Marsh and Michael Neser come in, with seven changes made in all.
Usman Khawaja is named captain of the side against Derbyshire, while Marnus Labuschagne, Smith’s concussion replacement, remains.
David Warner, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, who was heavily involved in the closing stages of England dramatic series-levelling win, are among those rested.
Australia XI to play Derbyshire: Usman Khawaja, Cameron Bancroft, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, Matthew Wade.