England’s fast bowling attack has been given a boost by the inclusion of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in their squad for the second Test against Australia.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad were both included in England’s squad for the second Test against Australia.
Since August, Stuart Broad (left) and James Anderson have not played a Test together.
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England’s 12-man selection for the second Ashes Test against Australia, which begins at 04:00 GMT on Thursday, includes James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
England’s best Test wicket-takers were left out of the series opener at the Gabba in Brisbane, which resulted in a nine-wicket loss.
Mark Wood, the pace bowler, has been rested, while spinner Jack Leach, who gave up 102 runs in 13 overs, has been called up.
The second Test, which will be played in Adelaide, will be a day-night match using a pink ball.
Anderson, England’s all-time greatest Test wicket-taker with 632, grabbed 5-48 at the Adelaide Oval under the lights in 2018.
“It’s always upsetting when you miss a Test,” Anderson, 39, told Radio 5 Live, “but it’s all about the larger picture.”
“We have five Tests in a short period of time, so we’re trying to keep everybody fresh.”
“When Stuart and I return to the 12 for this Test, it demonstrates how strong of a group we have. We’re completely focused on regaining control of the series.”
Broad, who ranks second on the all-time wickets list with 524, has not played for England since August due to a calf injury, but he stated he was “ready to go” for the first Test and was “disappointed” not to feature in the loss.
Wood bowled with speed and aggression in Australia’s first innings at the Gabba, but he and England are dealing with a long-term ankle ailment.
Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkt), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes are among England’s 12-man team.
Three of England’s four day-night Tests have ended in defeat, with their most recent defeat coming three years ago in Adelaide, when they were defeated by 120 runs.
Despite the loss, they knocked Australia out for 138 in their second innings under lights, with Anderson bowling well.
“At Adelaide, we’ve seen a lot of pink ball cricket and there have been occasions when the bowlers have been on top, but we’ve also seen hitters score runs,” Anderson said.
“You always feel pressure, but I’ve been putting in a lot of time with the pink ball, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t in order to get an advantage this week.”
Cricket reporter Jonathan Agnew
England’s final line-up will be chosen before the toss, but selection is difficult.
High temperatures are expected in Adelaide, with temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius on Friday, and the drop-in pitch seems to be dry.
A spinner seems to be crucial, and with England’s trust in Leach, it’s already looking like Broad will miss out once again, with Anderson replacing Wood. The difficulty is batting, with just Chris Woakes eligible to bat at number eight.
Warner is a good match for Australia.
During Tuesday’s net session, David Warner (centre) met with national selector George Bailey.
Jhye Richardson, a speed bowler, has replaced the injured Josh Hazlewood in Australia’s team that defeated England.
Despite suffering a rib injury in Brisbane, opener David Warner is able to play.
On the fourth day, Warner was hit by a Ben Stokes short ball while batting and replaced by Alex Carey for Australia’s short fourth-innings chase.
Warner’s top Test score of 335 not out came against Pakistan in a day-night match in Adelaide, and he averages 62.23 on home soil.
“Davey wouldn’t be playing if he didn’t think he could be as brilliant as he typically is,” Australia captain Pat Cummins said.
“He’s a little sore, but that’ll pass. He batted with a little difficulty yesterday, but knowing Davey, he wouldn’t miss this once the excitement and everything kicked in.”
Richardson, a right-armer, played two Tests against Sri Lanka before needing shoulder surgery in 2019.
In two Test outings, he has six wickets at an average of 20.50.
All eight of Australia’s day-night Tests have been won, including all five played in Adelaide.
“We’ve got some experience to draw on,” Cummins continued, “but you can’t picture it playing out like a red ball game when you start the game.”
“It’s still a new format, and we’re still getting used to it. It carries with it even more unknowns.”