Thursday 31 July 2014 

England Unchanged For Old Trafford Test

England celebrate the wicket of Bhuvneshwar Kumar
England have retained the same squad that won so well in Southampton for the fourth Test
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Fresh from a convincing 266-run win over India in the third Test at The Ageas Bowl, England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

Fast bowler Liam Plunkett and all-rounder Ben Stokes join the 11 players that produced an excellent all-round display to finish off India before lunch on the final day in Southampton.

The fourth Test begins on 7th August.

James Anderson faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow (1st August) at which he is charged with a breach of Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct following an altercation with Ravindra Jadeja during the opening Test.

A guilty verdict could result in him missing at least the Old Trafford Test, but for now the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are prepared to pick from the same set of bowlers that they selected right at the start of the series.

Aside from Jos Buttler coming in to replace injured wicket-keeper Matt Prior, and Simon Kerrigan being added ahead of the second Test, England's squad is unchanged from the one named ahead of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

That match was drawn before the second Test at Lord's was won by India by 95 runs.

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs