Anderson returns to England squad for fifth Test
England pace spearhead James Anderson has been named in the 14-man squad picked by the selectors for the fifth Ashes Test, which will get underway on 20th August at The Oval in London.
Anderson, who missed out on the series-clinching fourth Test at Trent Bridge, will replace Mark Footitt, marking the only change in the squad from the fourth Test.
England’s national selector James Whitaker congratulated Alastair Cook and his team for regaining the Ashes while stating that the performance of the players has been encouraging.
“On behalf of the selectors I would like to congratulate Alastair Cook, Trevor Bayliss and all involved in the last month," he said.
“Regaining the Ashes is a superb achievement and is down to 18 months of hard work from the players and coaches and support from a lot of people since the last series in Australia.
“The contributions of so many different players at key times throughout the series so far is hugely encouraging.”
Whitaker further stated that though Anderson is recovering from his injury, the team management will not be taking any chances with the 33-year old.
“James Anderson is continuing to improve and with 10 days to go before the Test may be able to play a part at the Oval, although with the series won, we will not be taking any chances given the cricket we have in the coming months.
“I have no doubt the players will want a strong finish to the series and we can look forward to another entertaining Test match.”
Northamptonshire and Australia will play a tour game between 14th and 16th August in Northampton, ahead of the final Test in London.
England squad for the fifth Ashes Test
Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
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