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04:55  03 september  2019
04:55  03 september  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Usman Khawaja has paid the price for poor Ashes form and is the unlucky batsman to make way for returning star Steve Smith in the Fourth Test . Two stars of the Australian cricket team have been dropped for the Fourth Test in Manchester starting on Wednesday after huge calls.

Australia have left out the pace bowler James Pattinson from their 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test against England, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood competing for recalls.

Khawaja dropped for fourth Ashes Test, Pattinson also left out © Getty Images Australia batsman Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has been dropped by Australia for the fourth Ashes Test against England, while James Pattinson also misses out in Manchester.

Khawaja has struggled for form to begin the series and was left out of a squad of 12 named on Monday.

Khawaja dropped for fourth Ashes Test, Pattinson also left out © Getty Usman Khawaja of Australia The left-hander made 122 runs at an average of 20.33 during the first three Tests, with Australia and England locked at 1-1 in the series.

With Steve Smith returning from concussion, the in-form Marnus Labuschagne appears set to bat at number three when the Test begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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Read about Usman Khawaja 's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. Dropped during the 2013 Ashes , he earned But Khawaja 's subcontinent demons were finally slayed in the UAE in 2018 when he made an epic match-saving century against

Warner leaves training early as Khawaja proves fitness. Australia coach Justin Langer says Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson are set to play Langer confirmed Khawaja passed a fitness test on his hamstring on Monday and will bat at No.3 in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston starting Thursday

Pattinson has also been left out after taking five wickets at 33.40 in two appearances.

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Khawaja dropped for fourth Ashes Test, Pattinson also left out
It leaves Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood competing for three spots in the pace attack.

Starc is yet to play during the Ashes series but took match figures of 7-85 during a tour match against Derbyshire ahead of the fourth Test.

Khawaja dropped for fourth Ashes Test, Pattinson also left out © Getty MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Usman Khawaja of Australia prepares to bat during the Australia Nets Session at Emirates Old Trafford on September 02, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matt Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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Khawaja is set to lead the side as regular leaders Tim Paine, Pat Cummins and Travis Head all sit out the tour match. "Not really sure it's about guys playing cricket, worrying about this game," Khawaja said, after asking if the re-shuffled batting order was foreshadowing for the fourth Test .

Khawaja proved his recovery from a hamstring strain through a series of running drills, and spent James Pattinson steams in during Australia's net session Getty Images. "Because the grass is so "Just a very, very good bowler," Langer said of Pattinson . "I'm sure Painey will work out ways of

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