AUS vs ENG: England Announce Squad For Fourth Test

AUS vs ENG: England Announce Squad For Fourth Test

England on Tuesday (July 11) announced their squad for the upcoming fourth Ashes Test against Australia. They have named a 14-member squad for the penultimate game of the five-game series. The hosts have decided not to make any changes to the squad after winning the third Test at Headingley.

England have decided to back Jonny Bairstow while passing over Ben Foakes despite the former’s poor performance behind the stumps in the ongoing series. Bairstow has been criticized for his performance as batsman and goaltender in the ongoing series.

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He has missed several chances behind the stumps so far and those missed chances have played a key role in deciding the outcome of the games. Even in the third Test he dropped Steve Smith and Travis Head, but England managed to win it by three wickets. Bairstow has also had problems with the bat and has only managed to hit one fifty so far.

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England squad for the fourth Ashes Test:

England had named a 15-man squad for the third Test and named 14 men for the next Test. The only difference is the absence of vice-captain Ollie Pope, who has been sidelined for the series with a shoulder injury. In Pope’s absence, Dan Lawrence has retained his place on the team as backup hitter.

Ollie Pope has also been named in the squad despite a back spasm he suffered while playing in the third Test. With an interval of 9 days between the third and fourth test, the management of the English team would be hoping that the seamer recovers in time. Even if she does make it back, she could make way for veteran pacer James Anderson or Josh Tongue, both of whom were rested for the third Test.

The fourth test is scheduled to start from July 19 in Manchester. England will have to win the next game to keep their hopes of winning the series alive. Australia currently leads the series 2-1.

England squad for the fourth Ashes Test:

Ben Stokes (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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