England's Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the final cricket Test against #Australia that will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from January 4-8, 2018. The match start time is 5:00 AM IST.

England won the toss and elected to bat first.

England 38/1 in 13 overs.

Stay tuned for the toss report and follow the live scores here. [VIDEO]

Australia News

Mitchell Starc will most probably return to the Australian squad in place of Jackson Bird.

He was recovering from the bruised heel.

Skipper Steve Smith revealed he would wait until the final training before the match to announce the playing line-up. Australia has lost just two Tests at this venue in the last 20 years. So the stats confirm them as favorites to win this match. Skipper Smith goes into this match with 604 runs in this series, only Don Bradman and David Gower have scored more than this. David Warner is the second highest scorer in this series with 387 runs.

Coach Joe Root said, "It's paramount we win this game. It's really important to me and this squad moving into the rest of this winter, and then the summer, and build on that for four years' time."

England News

Crane will play in place of Chris Woakes who has been ruled out due to injury. Woakes has reported run 35 miles in the field during Australia's innings in the previous game in Perth.

For England, Alister Cook scored the maximum runs of 327 runs in seven innings.

TV telecast and live streaming info:

#Bt Sport has bagged the telecast rights for the Ashes series in Australia. [VIDEO] BT Sport outbid Sky Sports by around $25 million to become Australia's overseas partner. BT now has the rights for all the remaining games in this series and all the Australia games at home for the next five years.

The matched will be streamed via the BT Sport app.

The live stream can also be watched on iOS and Android smartphones and on Mac computers, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The online stream can also be watched on Star Sports in India, PTV Sports in Pakistan and other countries in Asia.

Pitch and weather update:

After the Melbourne Cricket Ground was rated "poor" by the ICC, all eyes will be on the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch.

Since there is plenty of grass on the Sydney pitch, both sides are likely to drop one spinner from their side. Australia has already ruled out Ashton Agar as the second spinner.

Curator Lewis, however, revealed that the pitch had been created keeping the overall format in mind and everyone would benefit out of it.