England Ready to Take Headingley Momentum into Old Trafford, Fourth Ashes Test Against Australia
With high confidence after posting an unlikely victory at Headingley, England will look to maintain their winning momentum when they face Australia in the fourth Ongoing Ashes Series Test Match that begins Wednesday at Old Trafford. England vs Australia Fourth Ashes Live broadcasts on 4th September 2019 on Wednesday.
Ben Stokes, who was England’s World Cup hero, took the Australian camp victory and made sure his team leveled the series at 1-1 and stayed on the five-match hunt.
In addition to Stokes, the most significant positive for the English team in the last two games has been the bowling game of Jofra Archer, who has had an impact from the start and has annoyed Australian batsmen every time he comes to the bowl.
However, the area where newly-crowned world champions need to work is their first-class batting. Both Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss will desperately want their top three to get crucial runs and make sure they feel a solid foundation for Jos Buttler and Stokes to speed up.
To strengthen him, they decided to push Joe Denly to open the order to open, with Jason Roy struggling to play at No.4 in Manchester.
On the other hand, it will take some courage from the Australian team to put the Leeds’ defeat behind them and make sure they focus on the work in question when they come ashore on Wednesday.
-Steve Smith Back in Team-
One of the most significant advantages for visitors is the return of Steve Smith, who miss the Headingley Test due to a concussion. Their duel with Archer was something fans enjoyed at Lord’s, and they would certainly see it when they faced each other in the fourth Test.
Australia’s coach, Just Langer, admits that he felt “physically ill” in the week following the Leeds’ defeat and that’s something visitors would go through in their attempt to hold back the ashes.
-Usman Khawaja out Mitchell Starc in-
Tim Paine dropped Usman Khawaja from the 12-man team for the Manchester Test Match. Khawaja had captained the team in his touring game in Derby, making 72-runs, but it was not enough for the left-hander to keep his place in the XI.
Australia also continued its policy of shuffling their bowling attack, as they brought in Mitchell Starc, leaving James Pattinson out. Starc, who took seven wickets in the Derby game, will likely compete with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle for three bowling spots.
The all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, however, is again in disgrace despite his good overall spectacle against Derbyshire.
Australia vs England Squads fourth Ashes: Australia: Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matt Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), and Pat Cummins.
England vs Australia fourth Ashes Squad: Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (VC), Chris Woakes, Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, and Jack Leach.