Boland faces fitness test as Khawaja confirmed starter for Australians

Scott Boland is having a last-minute bowl to prove his fitness for the fifth Test in Hobart.

The Australians are yet to finalise an XI but have confirmed Usman Khawaja will retain his place in the side at the expense of Marcus Harris.

Khawaja will open the batting and Travis Head slots back into the No.5 berth he held before testing positive to COVID-19 after the Boxing Day Test.

Scott Boland faces a last-minute fitness test.Credit:Getty Images

Boland will put his injured ribs to the test in the nets on Thursday afternoon after not bowling at training on Wednesday night.

If he does not get through, Jhye Richardson is the favourite to come into the side ahead of Michael Neser.

Boland jammed his elbow into his ribs after losing his footing on the final ball before tea on the fourth day in Sydney.

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