The England team for the fourth Ashes Test has been confirmed. But with only one alteration from the side that lost in Melbourne.
The only alteration to the lineup that relinquished the Ashes last week was the reintroduction of veteran bowler Stuart Broad to join Jimmy Anderson in the fourth Test in Sydney.
After coronavirus fears, England was allowed to select their strongest available team for the Ashes’ visit to Australia on Sunday. After England’s players and their families raised worries about severe Covid quarantine regulations in Australia, the Ashes visit was the subject of contentious discussions. Both England Test skipper Joe Root and vice-captain Jos Buttler have intimated that if their anxieties are not allayed, they may not travel. The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday that the trip had been given “conditional authorization” following a breakthrough in discussions with Cricket Australia.
With the help of fellow pacemen Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, and Ollie Robinson, veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad lead the seam bowling attack for what may be their final Ashes appearances.
After making “great progress” from a torn right calf sustained during the Test series against India, Broad will travel on his fourth Ashes tour.
With Moeen Ali’s retirement from Test cricket, Jack Leach and Dom Bess have been allowed to fill two spinners’ places.
Despite losing out on a key contract this week, Haseeb Hameed travels.
Buttler, Woakes, Wood, Jonny Bairstow, and Dawid Malan will all go to Australia directly from the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where they spent a month with England.
England’s fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Olly Stone are both out with elbow and back ailments, as predicted.
Ben Stokes, who is recuperating from finger surgery, was left out of the squad as the star all-rounder continues his indefinite mental health leave.
The England men’s team has been chosen for the fourth Ashes Test match, which begins on Wednesday, January 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Stuart Broad replaces Ollie Robinson for the Three Lions, who made one change from the squad that played in the third Test in Melbourne.
Joe Root’s team is down 3-0 in the series. On Tuesday, January 4th, at 11.30 p.m. GMT, the fourth Test will begin in the United Kingdom.