Ashes 2023: No Ben Foakes as England announce 14-member squad for must-win Manchester Test

Ben Fox and Jonny Bairstow
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Ashes 2023: Johnny Bairstow Ben Foakes was kept on the sidelines as England announced their squad for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia. After Bairstow’s average performances in the first three matches of the series, it was speculated that Foakes could be included in the squad for the fourth Test, but the hosts were able to secure another win over the Yorkshire player for the contest. Have decided to stay together.

On Tuesday, the ECB on social media announced an unchanged 14-man squad that will take on Australia in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. Notably, Ollie Robinson retained his place in the team, despite suffering from back spasms in the third Test.

Anderson in line to play fourth Test

Meanwhile, England are set to bring in James Anderson for the fourth Ashes Test after he was dropped from the playing XI at Headingley. Anderson had an underwhelming performance in the first two Ashes Tests and was dropped due to his workload, but England captain Ben Stokes had earlier confirmed that Anderson would play in the fourth Test at his home ground. Speaking on the veteran fast bowler’s exclusion from the third Test, Stokes told The Mirror: “It’s a good chance for Jimmy to rest up and then get ready to take charge from the Jimmy Anderson end at Old Trafford next week.”

In such a situation, it will be interesting to see who will be dropped from the playing XI to call Anderson. England could rest Ollie Robinson or Stuart Broad, both of whom have played all three Tests for the hosts.

England are 1-2 down in the Ashes

England are trailing 1-2 in the five-match Ashes series and have bounced back by winning the third Test at Headingley. Ben Stokes’ men lost the first Test at Edgbaston and the second Test at Lord’s. England won the third Test by 3 wickets thanks to strong batting performances from Harry Brook, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

England squad for the fourth Test:

Ben Stokes (Captain), moeen aliJames Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Jack Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Joe RootJosh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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