Australia v England - 3rd Test: Day 3
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 28: Scott Boland of Australia appeals successfully for LBW to dismiss Jonny Bairstow of England during day three of the Third Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 28, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Australia v England - 3rd Test: Day 3

In what could be a sudden death clash before the knockout stages of the Big Bash League begin, the final match of the regular season will see Scott Boland return to action.

Australia's newest Test start was ripped from the Big Bash League on the morning of the second Test in Adelaide to be flown into the Ashes squad after captain Pat Cummins was forced into isolation as a close contact of a positive case of coronavirus.

Boland was then drafted into the playing 11 itself on Boxing Day. With Josh Hazlewood still out injured, both Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson - who had played in Adelaide - went down with their own injury worries.

What followed has turned Boland into something of a cult hero already and will be given legendary status in Australian sporting folklore, with Boland ripping through England in the second innings, claiming 6 for 7 to be named player of the match.

He then took a further 11 wickets across the remaining four innings of the series, playing three Tests for Australia and in the process, likely securing himself a contract upgrade and spot on the plane for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.

Toil for years in the Sheffield Shield has seen him turn into a fan favourite overnight, and Hobart fans will get another chance to see him in action against the Melbourne Stars on Wednesday evening.

He will miss tonight's game with the Melbourne Renegades prior to that, when the Hurricanes cook confirm their spot in the top five finals series with a win.

It's anticipated Boland will then be part of the Hurricanes run through the finals, provided the team makes it and he remains fit.

Boland only played one BBL match before being dragged into the Test squad, taking 1 for 45 from four overs against the Perth Scorchers on the 14th of December.

The match between the Stars and Hurricanes will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening, with the first ball at 7:50pm (AEDT).