Coming in as replacement for the injured James Anderson, Craig Overton immediately finds a place in the playing XI. The Somerset bowler is set to replace replace Chris Woakes from the side that won the third Test at Headingley.
England have also opted for a change in personnel at the top of the order. Jason Roy, who has been struggling after coming into the Test team as an opener, is set to drop down to No. 4 – a position he is used to playing in first class cricket. This was earlier announced by England captain Joe Root, when he told that Joe Denly would be opening the innings along with Rory Burns. This will also mean that Root will continue to occupy the No. 3 position, which was subjected to debate after a few failures. The fact that Root managed to compile a decent innings playing in that position in the second innings at Headingley will also help Root continue in that position.
The Ashes series is level at 1-1 with two Tests to play.
The third test match is set to kick off on Wednesday at Old Trafford, Manchester. A win for Australia will be enough for them to retain the Ashes, while England need to win both the remaining matches to win the series and regain the Ashes. England will be going into the test match with the momentum of the historic victory in Headingley on their back, while Australia are also strengthened by the return of Steve Smith. This will also reignite the battle between Smith and the West Indian born Jofra Archer to make things spicy.
England team for fourth Specsavers Ashes Test: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (w), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.