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Australia legend Shane Warne has told England to make four changes (Picture: Getty)

Australia legend Shane Warne believes England should make four changes for the third Ashes Test, bringing in Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach for the must-win Boxing Day clash.

England are 2-0 down in the five-match series after losing by nine wickets in Brisbane and 275 runs in Adelaide.

If England fail to win in Melbourne next week, the Ashes will stay with Australia for another two years, while a home win will see Justin Langer’s side move a step closer to another home whitewash.

Former leg-spinner Warne says it is imperative that England pick the ‘correct team’ after their struggles so far and wants to see batters Crawley and Bairstow and bowlers Wood and Leach come into the side.

Crawley made a superb start to his international career – scoring a brilliant double century against Pakistan in 2020 – but has struggled since and was dropped during last summer’s series against India.

World Cup winner Bairstow has also been short of Test runs of late, although he has scored six red-ball centuries, including one in Australia.

Wood and Leach, meanwhile, both dropped out of the side in Adelaide after enduring mixed fortunes in the series opener.

Zak Crawley was dropped by England last summer

Zak Crawley was dropped by England last summer (Picture: Getty)

‘Congrats to the Aussies on a hard-fought win,’ Warne posted on social media. ‘England have a lot to do heading to Melbourne as they are now 2-0 down.

‘They must start by picking the correct team including a spinner for the conditions. Crawley, Wood, Bairstow and Leach would make my team.’

While England may make a few changes as they fight to stay in the Ashes, Australia will welcome back captain Pat Cummins who missed the second Test after being deemed a close contact of Covid-19.

Josh Hazlewood, who took three wickets in the first Test, may also return in replace of Mitchell Starc, Michael Neser or Jhye Richardson.

Australia look set to retain the Ashes

Australia look set to retain the Ashes (Picture: Getty)

A frustrated Joe Root admitted England made the ‘same mistakes’ in their defeat at the Adelaide Oval and criticised his team’s bowling.

‘We needed to bowl fuller,’ Root said. ‘As soon as we did in the second innings, we created chances.

‘That’s frustrating. We did it four years ago and didn’t learn from it – we have to be better. We talk about what length to bowl all the time.

‘We look at the data, what’s going to hit the stumps on each surface. It’s well communicated, but it’s not always as simple as that and people get caught up in the emotion of the game.’

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Australia legend Shane Warne has told England to make four changes

Australia legend Shane Warne has told England to make four changes (Picture: Getty)

Australia legend Shane Warne believes England should make four changes for the third Ashes Test, bringing in Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach for the must-win Boxing Day clash.

England are 2-0 down in the five-match series after losing by nine wickets in Brisbane and 275 runs in Adelaide.

If England fail to win in Melbourne next week, the Ashes will stay with Australia for another two years, while a home win will see Justin Langer’s side move a step closer to another home whitewash.

Former leg-spinner Warne says it is imperative that England pick the ‘correct team’ after their struggles so far and wants to see batters Crawley and Bairstow and bowlers Wood and Leach come into the side.

Crawley made a superb start to his international career – scoring a brilliant double century against Pakistan in 2020 – but has struggled since and was dropped during last summer’s series against India.

World Cup winner Bairstow has also been short of Test runs of late, although he has scored six red-ball centuries, including one in Australia.

Wood and Leach, meanwhile, both dropped out of the side in Adelaide after enduring mixed fortunes in the series opener.

Zak Crawley was dropped by England last summer

Zak Crawley was dropped by England last summer (Picture: Getty)

‘Congrats to the Aussies on a hard-fought win,’ Warne posted on social media. ‘England have a lot to do heading to Melbourne as they are now 2-0 down.

‘They must start by picking the correct team including a spinner for the conditions. Crawley, Wood, Bairstow and Leach would make my team.’

While England may make a few changes as they fight to stay in the Ashes, Australia will welcome back captain Pat Cummins who missed the second Test after being deemed a close contact of Covid-19.

Josh Hazlewood, who took three wickets in the first Test, may also return in replace of Mitchell Starc, Michael Neser or Jhye Richardson.

Australia look set to retain the Ashes

Australia look set to retain the Ashes (Picture: Getty)

A frustrated Joe Root admitted England made the ‘same mistakes’ in their defeat at the Adelaide Oval and criticised his team’s bowling.

‘We needed to bowl fuller,’ Root said. ‘As soon as we did in the second innings, we created chances.

‘That’s frustrating. We did it four years ago and didn’t learn from it – we have to be better. We talk about what length to bowl all the time.

‘We look at the data, what’s going to hit the stumps on each surface. It’s well communicated, but it’s not always as simple as that and people get caught up in the emotion of the game.’

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