England recall James Anderson for Ashes Test

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In preparation for the crucial fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford, England has made a significant change by recalling James Anderson and replacing Ollie Robinson. Anderson, the 40-year-old veteran bowler, will be returning to his home ground after being rested for England’s victory in the third Test at Headingley.

Although Robinson was considered fit to play in Manchester despite struggling with back spasms in Leeds, England’s selectors have opted to bring back the experienced Anderson to bolster their chances. With Australia currently leading the series 2-1, England must secure a victory to keep their hopes alive of regaining the coveted Ashes urn.

The England squad for the fourth Test will include 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.

Moeen Ali, who was promoted up the batting order during the second innings of the dramatic three-wicket win at Headingley, has been confirmed to bat at number three. Harry Brook, who played at number three in the first innings of that match and scored a match-winning knock of 75 runs in the second innings, will retain the number-five position.

James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, has faced challenges in the current series, struggling to make an impact in the first two Tests which resulted in losses for England. After recovering from a groin injury suffered while playing for Lancashire, Anderson managed to take only three wickets against the Australians on unresponsive pitches at Edgbaston and Lord’s. Returning to Old Trafford, Anderson will be eager to break a streak that has seen him absent from a Test victory against Australia since 2015.

Old Trafford has not been a happy hunting ground for England against Australia, with their last victory at the venue dating back to 1981. In the previous Ashes series four years ago, the visitors sealed the series by clinching a win in Manchester. The weather forecast for the upcoming Test is uncertain, and England was forced to train indoors on Monday due to adverse conditions. The upcoming Test promises to be a crucial and highly anticipated match as both teams strive for victory in the ongoing Ashes series.

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