The England squad for the fourth Ashes Test starting in Trent Bridge on Thursday has been named. Two changes have been named in the 14-man squad for the test.
Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt are the new faces and injured James Anderson was left out because of the side injury sustained on 2nd day of the 3rd Test.
Two pacers have possibly been named because the fitness of fast bowler Mark Wood too remains a big concern. Plunkett returns to the test team after the home series against India last year, while Footitt has been brought into the England Cricket’s team squad for the first time.
Speaking about the team selection, National selector James Whitaker said, “With James Anderson missing this Test through injury and some concerns over Mark Wood’s workload in the build up to the last Test we felt that bringing in two extra bowlers in Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt was necessary.”
He also added, “The performance at Edgbaston this week was very encouraging and it is important we build on that next week at Trent Bridge (and) congratulations to Liam and Mark Footitt on their selection and on behalf of the selectors I’d like to wish Alastair and Trevor all the very best for the fourth Test.”
Mark Footitt has had a brilliant county season this year having taken 50 wickets in 11 games including a 7-wicket haul against Northamptonshire. However, it seems unlikely that he’ll debut ahead of Liam Plunkett who has taken 41 wickets in 13 test for England, and is also one of the four Yorkshire players in the squad.