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Ashes: Australia not expected to make big team changes in 5th test against England

Published on Jan 2, 2014 5:03 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's Ryan Harris and Shane Watson both bowled without apparent discomfort in the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground today and captain Michael Clarke expects to lead the same team out for a fifth successive test tomorrow.

Australia have completely dominated the series to take a 4-0 lead and only fitness and a tactical decision to bring in bowling all-rounder James Faulkner to exploit a green-tinged SCG wicket were likely to lead to changes in the team.

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 a perennial concern, looked to be holding nothing back today.

Clarke, who is no longer a selector, said he thought spin-bowling would still play its traditional role in the last couple of days of the Sydney test and said there would be no sentiment in the decision over whether to retain the same team.

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