3 Jan 2014

Australia unlikely to change for final Ashes test

9:16 am on 3 January 2014

The Australian cricketers Ryan Harris and Shane Watson both bowled without apparent discomfort in the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday and captain Michael Clarke expects to lead the same team out for a fifth successive test, the final Ashes test, starting today.

All-rounder Watson was the biggest concern after a groin strain restricted his bowling in the fourth test in Melbourne but he and paceman Harris, whose right knee is an ongoing concern, looked to be holding nothing back yesterday.