England Make Squad Changes for Ashes Test Courtesy: ICC

England Make Squad Changes for Ashes Test

England has made significant alterations to their team lineup for the upcoming third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, set to commence on July 06, 2023. These changes come in the wake of England’s thrilling defeat in the second Test at Lord’s.

In a bid to bolster their performance, England has opted to exclude senior pacer James Anderson and Josh Tongue from the playing XI, making room for Mark Wood and Chris Woakes instead.

Anderson has struggled to make an impact in the series thus far, managing just three wickets in the first two Tests. Meanwhile, Woakes, renowned for his impressive displays in English conditions, brings valuable bowling skills and batting depth to the team.

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Unfortunately, Ollie Pope has sustained an injury, rendering him unavailable for the remainder of the series. However, England has decided against replacing him with spare batter Dan Lawrence from their squad.

Instead, they have brought back the now recovered Moeen Ali, who will join the playing XI. Furthermore, a significant alteration to the batting order sees Harry Brook taking charge of the pivotal No.3 position, while Joe Root will maintain his spot at No.4.

The decision to replace Tongue, who performed commendably in the second Test, with the additional pace of Wood highlights England’s strategic thinking.

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Despite Tongue’s ability to maintain excellent lines and dismiss Steve Smith twice in the previous Test, it was insufficient to secure him a spot in the team.

As Australia approaches the brink of retaining the Ashes, England is determined to secure a victory in the upcoming third Test.

The revised lineup will feature Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow as the wicketkeeper, Ben Stokes as the captain, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, and Stuart Broad.

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