Ashes Scout: Aussies to fight fire with fire despite Hazlewood blow, another bowler out of series, Root ready to roll

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Josh Hazlewood of Australia poses for a portrait prior to the ICC World Test Championship Final 2023 at The Oval on June 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Australia are preparing to fight fire with fire in the Ashes, vowing not to be trapped into solely trying to slow England down and instead hoping the hosts’ aggression will cost them wickets.

The tourists have turned their focus to Wednesday’s World Test Championship final against India at The Oval, where a shot at a maiden long-format crown awaits Pat Cummins’ men.

Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the final after succumbing to side soreness and has been put on ice for the Ashes.

Coaching staff have one eye on June 16 and attempting to find an answer to the Bazball revolution.

England sent a final reminder of their dynamic style in last week’s 10-wicket win over Ireland, as they rattled along at 6.36 per over with the bat.

With Brendon “Baz” McCullum as coach, four frontline English batsmen have scored at a strike-rate of more than 80 in the past 12 months.

Josh Hazlewood. (Photo by Ryan Pierse-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Australia’s coach Andrew McDon

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