Jimmy Anderson's Potential Recall: England Prepares for the Fourth Ashes Test
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Jimmy Anderson's Potential Recall: England Prepares for the Fourth Ashes Test

16 July 2023
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Jimmy Anderson's Potential Recall: England Prepares for the Fourth Ashes Test

Battle at Old Trafford

Jimmy Anderson is expected to be recalled for the fourth Ashes Test as England faces a must-win situation on his home ground, Old Trafford."

Despite being officially 'rested' for England's three-wicket victory over Australia at Headingley, Anderson's performance in the previous defeats at Edgbaston and Lord's has raised questions about the 40-year-old bowler's enduring potency, with three wickets at 75 runs apiece.

Supporting sources

According to credible sources, Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum have expressed contrasting views on the concerns raised. They strongly believe that Anderson's participation in the highly anticipated fourth Test commencing this Wednesday is almost a certainty.

Potential lineup change

Considering his limited contribution in the third Test due to back spasms on day one, Ollie Robinson is the likeliest candidate to be replaced in the lineup.

Alternative options

In the squad, there's another seamer named Josh Tongue. He performed well with five wickets in his only match at Lord's. However, England will only make one change unless they feel the Old Trafford pitch demands an additional fast bowler alongside Mark Wood. The decision on who will bat at No. 3, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, or Joe Root, will come after that.

Anderson's potential retirement

There is a possibility that Anderson's upcoming appearance at Old Trafford might mark his last performance on his home ground. The renowned England Test wicket-taker has chosen to keep silent regarding any potential retirement intentions. Stay tuned for updates on Anderson's future plans.

Stuart Broad's defense and anticipation

Defending his new-ball partner's early series form, Stuart Broad attributes the performance issues to a badly timed groin injury in the buildup and the nature of the prepared pitches.

Broad, in a Mail on Sunday article, highlighted the pitch conditions at Lord's. With top bowlers using cross-seam bouncers, it revealed the pitch's offerings. Given Anderson's stature as an elite bowler, Broad expects a stellar performance from him at Old Trafford, a ground he knows well.

Weather conditions and Ashes retention

With the coming week's weather forecast in focus, the persistent rain anticipated throughout the match raises the possibility of a draw. In such a scenario, Australia, being the current holders, would retain the Ashes.

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