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England, on Tuesday (July 11), announced their squad for the forthcoming fourth Ashes Test against Australia. They have named a 14-member squad for the penultimate match of the five-match series. The hosts have decided against making any changes to the squad after winning the third Test at Headingley.

England have decided to back Jonny Bairstow while overlooking Ben Foakes despite the former’s poor performance behind the stumps in the ongoing series. Bairstow has been criticised for his performance as a batsman as well as a wicketkeeper in the ongoing series.

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He has dropped several chances behind the stumps so far and those missed chances have played a key role in deciding the outcome of the games. Even in the third Test, he dropped Steve Smith and Travis Head but England managed to win it by three wickets. Bairstow has struggled with the bat too and has managed to score only one fifty so far.

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England squad for fourth Ashes Test:

England had named a 15-man squad for the third Test while naming 14 men for the upcoming Test. The only difference is the absence of vice-captain Ollie Pope who has been ruled out of the series with a shoulder injury. In Pope’s absence, Dan Lawrence has retained his spot in the team as a backup batsman.

Ollie Pope has also been named in the squad despite the back spasm he suffered while playing in the third Test. With a 9-day gap between the third and fourth Test, the English team-management would be hoping that the seamer recovers in time. Even if he manages to recover, he could make way for veteran pacer James Anderson or Josh Tongue who were rested for the third Test.

The fourth Test is scheduled to begin from July 19 in Manchester. England will have to win the upcoming game to keep alive their hopes of winning the series. Australia are currently leading the series 2-1.

England squad for fourth Ashes Test:

Ben Stokes (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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