Anderson is in, Ollie is out.

Anderson the right-arm seamer is in, and Ollie Robinson is out, Moeen Ali spotted at no.3. England revealed its test squad for the 4th Ashes test at Manchester Old Trafford.

Anderson is in, Robinson is out, Moeen at new role will play at no.3.

Anderson replace Robinson for 4th Ashes Test
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 19: James Anderson of England bowls during Day One of the LV= Insurance Ashes 4th Test Match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on July 19, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) (Photo by CLIVE MASON / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE / Getty Images via AFP)

     England is ready to face Australia in the 4th Test on 19 July 2023 [Wednesday] at Manchester [Old Trafford]

      Anderson has been recalled by ECB [ England Cricket Team ] for 4th Ashes Test. Which is going to start at Manchester Old Trafford. A must-win match for England to stay alive in the series.

     Key Highlights…..[ 1 ] ECB recall James Anderson, …..[ 2 ]  Could be James Anderson’s farewell Test…..[ 3 ]  Must win for England……[ 4 ]  Moeen was spotted at no.3.

     Anderson himself acknowledged in his; Telegraph; column last week that his selection for the Old Trafford Test could not be governed by “nostalgia”, even though he conceded that, with his 41st birthday approaching this month, it might be his final opportunity to play on his Lancashire home ground. Anderson had an excellent record at his home ground. In the last 10 Tests, he took 37 wickets at an average of 22.02 including a vital role in series last year.

     Ben Stokes, England’s captain, hinted at Anderson’s inclusion in Manchester before the Headingley Test, saying Anderson would have the opportunity to get some rest and prepare “to charge in from the James Anderson End at Old Trafford next week. Where a must win required for England to level the series or to get alive in the Ashes test series.

     The fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford 0n 19th July will be the final men’s Ashes Test played in the north of England until 2031. The 2027 men’s Ashes will unfurl at Lord’s, the Oval, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, and the Rose Bow.

     Australia leads the series by 2-1 after finishing 3 Tests. Australia lost the 3rd test by 3 wickets. A win for England in the 4th test makes the series Interesting and a draw will be hoped for the level of the series but a loss in this 4th test failed all dreams. A win for Australia in the 4th test match set them a consecutive series winner. They got the opportunity to lift the trophy again.

     Anderson, the highest wicket-taker in the test (688) for ECB, rested (Mark Wood replace him) in the third test where England book a victory at Headingley. In the first two Tests, Anderson (40 -years old) struggled to make an impact, took just 3 wickets (in 4 innings) conceded 226 runs at an average of 75.33, but now the team shows confidence in him. James Anderson is in, and Ollie Robinson is out.

     Ollie Robinson (29- years old) make the way for Anderson after getting injured in the first inning of the third Test. Robinson just ball 11.2 overs on day one in the first inning and did not ball in 2nd inning. Chris Woakes shared the new ball with Stuart Broad in the third test. This is the only change in the squad by ECB. Last week Ollie Robinson declared himself(writing in a Wisden column 100% fit for Manchester ) absolutely fit to play for the fourth Ashes Test, but didn’t show up to the mark in Leeds to impress team selectors even before he was suffering from a back spasm. 

     Seamers  Chris Woakes and Mark Wood retain their places in the squad as they led the hosts to victory in the third test of Ashes in Headingley  Leeds. Mark Wood did well in this 3rd match.

     “At Lord’s, we had six of the best bowlers in the world bowling cross-seam bouncers, which tells you all you need to know about what the pitch was offering from a good length,” Broad wrote in his Mail on Sunday column.

    “But Jimmy has been one of the world’s best bowlers for a long time and he can put those issues behind him. He’s bowled goodness knows how many overs at Old Trafford and I’m expecting a big performance from him in a high-pressure game.”

     Stuart Broad, Anderson’s long-time new ball partner feels Anderson is “unlucky” with both the timing of his injury and the pitches.

     Anderson himself acknowledged in his Telegraph column last week that his selection for the Old Trafford Test could not be governed by “nostalgia”, even though he conceded that, with his 41st birthday approaching this month, it might be his final opportunity to play on his Lancashire home ground.

     Anderson had an excellent record at his home ground. In the last 10 Tests, he took 37 wickets at an average of 22.02 including a vital role in series last year.

     Ben Stokes, England’s captain, hinted at Anderson’s inclusion in Manchester before the Headingley Test, saying Anderson would have the opportunity to get some rest and prepare “to charge in from the James Anderson End at Old Trafford next week

     Speaking about his return of Anderson to the squad, all-rounder Moeen Ali stated that it’s great as Anderson can prove to be a force to reckon with. He added that England is a better team with him in the mix, and expects the veteran pacer to bounce back and help the home team draw level after the fourth match.

    “There’s no doubt England are a better team with James Anderson in it. I actually thought he bowled really well in both of the two games he played. I think he’s been a bit unfortunate with catches and things probably not going his way. Being the best bowler England have ever had and being a legend of a player and a great guy as well, it’s great to see him have the opportunity to play, it could be his last one, and hopefully, he bowls well and gets us the win,” Moeen Ali quoted.

    “[For] anybody that plays at their home ground for England, it’s amazing, but especially for him having his own end here,” Moeen added. “Being the best bowler England have ever had, being a legend of a player and a great guy as well, it’s great to see him have the opportunity to play what could be his last one. Hopefully, he bowls well and gets us the win.”

 

It's going to be a challenge batting at No. 3 against Australia: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali spotted at no.3.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Moeen Ali of England during Day Three of the LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 18, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

     One major change was also announced by England. All-Rounder Moeen Ali was spotted at no. 3. Moeen Ali played at number 7 in the first inning in Leeds, but asked to be pushed up the order in the second inning, thereby enabling Harry Brook to return to his favored spot at No. 5. Brook scored 75 runs at his favorite spot, that was the positive change for Brook on the other hand Moeen Ali scored just 5 runs at no.3. Rest batting order and team will remain be same.

     On the third evening of the third Test, Moeen Ali approached Brendon Mc Cullum and suggested a reshuffle. “We thought that him coming in at No. 3, he was able to impact the game more than he would be at No. 7,” Stokes explained.

     Ben Stokes said that the move epitomized the “selfless” approach he looked for from his team. “I just love the fact that Moeen Ali is willing to put himself in those situations; that he wants to get out there and help the team in a positive way… Moeen Ali going to Baz [Brendon Mc Cullum] and saying, ‘I want the opportunity’ is everything that we’re about as a team.”

    “Brooks is a great player and will be a great player,” he said. “I just personally feel No. 5 is great for him: the impact he can have there is much more than he probably can at No. 3 at the moment. I’m not saying he won’t be a great No. 3, I just feel right now, for the team, it’s probably best I go No. 3.”

     Moeen said that he felt as though shuffling up the order was the best thing for the team as a whole, if not necessarily for him. “Brooks is a great player and will be a great player,” he said. “I just personally feel No. 5 is great for him: the impact he can have there is much more than he probably can at No. 3 at the moment. I’m not saying he won’t be a great No. 3, I just feel right now, for the team, it’s probably best I go No. 3.”

     Moeen Ali has scored  92 runs in his seven test innings but has scored 9 first-class hundreds at that spot, he has frequently batted at no. 3 for Worcestershire in county cricket.

     36-year-old Moeen Ali also admitted that England has fought well in the series so far against top-ranked Australia and the current World Test champions even though they are trailing 2-1. “I think I think we’ve challenged the number one team in the world and we’ve gone toe to toe with them,” he said. “At crucial times they’ve managed to win that battle but I don’t think we’re far off. All the games have been fantastic but the belief in the changing room is that we can win this series, 3-2 and there’s no doubt we have that.”

     On his own future prospects in Test cricket, Moeen remained calm having just made a comeback for the Ashes following Jack Leach’s injury. “For me, it’s going through these two games if I play these two games,” he pointed out. “I just want to get through that and see. It’s not easy. I find Test cricket very hard and it is the hardest and best format out there for sure.


    “I have really enjoyed my time since I’ve come back and it’s been a brilliant environment. I wish it was this four-five years ago, I’m not thinking too far ahead. I’m sure Baz (Brendon Mc Cullum) and Stokesy (Ben Stokes) will speak to me after the summer but for me at the moment it’s just this series.”


    ” The England lineup for the fourth Test includes Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson.

     Australia is yet to announce their team, and there are questions surrounding the under-pressure opener David Warner and the all-rounder position.

     Warner showed some form with a score of 66 in the first innings of the second Test but struggled in the following match, getting dismissed for four and one by Stuart Broad. Cameron Green missed the Leeds Test due to injury, and his replacement Mitchell Marsh is expected to retain his place in the side after scoring a century at Headingley.

Anderson replace Robinson for 4th Ashes Test
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Moeen Ali spotted at no.3.
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