Ashes 2021-22: Stuart Broad returns as England confirm XI for 4th Test against Australia – England confirmed their playing XI for the fourth Ashes Test, which will begin on January 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Stuart Broad, the veteran fast bowler, replaces Ollie Robinson, who is England’s leading wicket taker in the present series.
England assistant coach Graham Thorpe confirmed to cricket.com.au that while both Robinson and Chris Woakes are suffering from shoulder niggles.
Broad has been able to return to the team, reinforcing an assault that also incorporates Mark Wood, Jimmy Anderson, and spinner Jack Leach.
England’s only change for the fourth Test at the SCG: Stuart Broad in for Ollie Robinson.#AshesTest #AUSvsENG #EnglandCricket #Sydney pic.twitter.com/zl44pJPo2N
— CricTelegraph (@CricTelegraph) January 4, 2022
Australian batting order remains unchanged after being knocked out for 68 in their second innings at the MCG, handing Australia a 3-0 series triumph.
England playing XI: Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.
Thorpe believes Broad and vice-captain Ben Stokes, who’s really average 16.83 with bat and only took four wickets at 62.25, have facts to make at the SCG.
First Test: Australia won by nine wickets
Second Test: Australia won by 275 runs
Third Test: Australia won by an innings and 14 runs
Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG
Fifth Test: January 14-18, Blundstone Arena
Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Nic Maddinson, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.