Old Trafford, Manchester, September 04th at 03:30 PM IST
Manchester is all set to play the host for the fourth Ashes Test which will commence from September 04th.
Rain is expected to hinder the game from the very first day with some sunny spells making an appearance. England has won all their last three Test matches here with seamers making most of the conditions every time. With rain forecasted, the seamers will have a big impact in this Test match.
Mitchell Starc has been chosen over Peter Siddle.
The hosts pulled-off a miraculous win in the last Test at Headingley in Leeds to stay alive in the series. Ben Stokes heroics accompanied by some faulty umpiring from Joel Wilson helped England clinch a nail-biter with one wicket to spare.
With the third Test done and dusted, the focus will now shift onto the fourth Test and England’s confidence will be sky-high.
England Team News
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Aussies after playing so well on the first three days of the last Test. They were in command for the majority of the match but Ben Stokes had different ideas and his knock took the game away from the visitors.
Australia is definitely not a team which backs down, they will come-up even stronger in this game to avenge their defeat. The team management has announced a 12-man squad for this game with Mitchell Starc getting a place, whereas, Usman Khawaja getting axed.
Australia Team News
Australia Playing 11 (confirmed)
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Fantasy picks from Australia-
Despite not featuring in the last Test played in Headingley, Steven Smith still leads the way with the bat scoring 378 runs from just 3 innings. He is averaging whoppingly at 126.
Marnus Labuschagne has shown his prowess so far with 213 runs from just 3 innings which includes 3 scores of fifty-plus.
With a century to his name which came in the first Test, Matthew Wade has piled up 151 runs from 6 innings.
David Warner is yet to fire in the series and must be eyeing a big knock for sure.
With 9 wickets in the last Test, Josh Hazlewood has managed 12 scalps to his name from 2 matches.
Pat Cummins who is the no 1 ranked Test bowler is leading the way in the bowling department with 17 scalps to his name.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been troubling the hosts regularly with his mighty offies. He has scalped 14 wickets from the three matches played so far.
Fantasy picks from England-
After the heroics in the last game, Ben Stokes has suddenly risen to the top spot for most runs for England in the series so far. He now has 327 against his name from 6 innings. He also has 8 scalps to his name.
Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer have spat fire in the series so far with 14 and 13 wickets to their name respectively.
Opener Rory Burns after a hundred in the first innings of the first Test has not looked comfortable at all. He has managed only 109 runs in his last 5 innings.
Joe Root finally returned to form when it was needed the most. He scored 77 in the last innings of the third Test to get back into form.