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Here we are. The fourth chapter of the wonderful story that is the 2023 Ashes. A series with so many twists and turns now moves to Old Trafford, where England’s belief remains – and is amplified further – after a hard-fought victory at Headingley.
Australia, after taking a 2-0 lead in never-seen-before circumstances at Lord’s, will view this as their finale. The game they must win, or at the very least, avoid defeat. Should the series move to The Oval at 2-2, the noise and pressure may very be too much to handle.
Australia’s approach in the field will be in the spotlight. Will they continue with their defensive approach or will there be greater belief in their bowlers to keep England’s free-flowing batsmen in check? Will they go for the short stuff to England’s tail again, or top of off?
For England, can Jonny Bairstow discover his form with bat and gloves, or will further missed opportunities mean that Ben Stokes’ team have catching up to do?
These questions are among many. If the Manchester weather allows, it promises to be another cracking Test match with a number of battles to keep an eye on. Broad vs Warner. Mark Wood vs the Australia lineup. Pat Cummins and the bowling lineup seeking to get the better of Stokes and his men.
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Ashes 2023 ENG vs AUS 4th Test: Possible Playing XIs
England have confirmed their XI. James Anderson is back, replacing Ollie Robinson. Moeen Ali is listed at three.
England: 1. Zak Crawley, 2. Ben Duckett, 3. Moeen Ali, 4. Joe Root, 5. Harry Brook, 6. Ben Stokes (c), 7. Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Mark Wood, 10. Stuart Broad, 11. James Anderson
Todd Murphy has missed out on selection after bowling just two overs in the fourth innings at Headingley. Cameron Green comes into the XI. Also, David Warner keeps his spot.
Australia: 1. David Warner, 2. Usman Khawaja, 3. Marnus Labuschagne, 4. Steve Smith, 5. Travis Head, 6. Mitchell Marsh, 7. Alex Carey (wk), 8. Cameron Green/Todd Murphy, 9. Pat Cummins (c), 10. Mitchell Starc, 11. Josh Hazlewood
ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023 4th Test Dream11 Prediction: Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- England need more from Joe Root. He has an excellent record at Old Trafford, with the second-most runs of any player in history at the ground (790). He averages 60.76.
- Ben Stokes is in terrific form. The captain has struck 155 and 80 in his last two Tests. Also, like Root, Stokes has strong numbers at Old Trafford: 11 inns, 528 runs, avg. 52.80.
- Harry Brook is coming off his best innings of this series. His 75 helped lead England to victory at Headingley. The question is whether he can build on starts as he has now made four 30+ scores in six innings: 32, 46, 50, 4, 3, 75.
- Mark Wood had a game to remember in the third Test. He won man of the match with 5/34, 2/66, and crucial runs with the bat. Expect him to play a key role once again with his pace.
- Stuart Broad, who has dismissed David Warner 17 times in Tests, loves bowling at Old Trafford. He has taken 44 wickets at an average of 19.25 on this ground.
- Will Steve Smith make his big mark on the series? He has scored a century, but is averaging just 31.66. In two Tests at Old Trafford, Smith has struck 401 runs at an average of 101.25.
- Usman Khawaja has scored the most runs (356) and faced the most balls (908) this series. Ben Stokes has faced the next most deliveries with 469.
- Travis Head continues to produce the goods. His 266 runs this series have come at a strike rate of 73.48. Since the start of 2022, Head has scored 1,407 runs at an average of 52.1 and strike rate of 79.3 in all Tests.
- Can Mitchell Marsh repeat his Headingley heroics? The all-rounder struck a memorable century and took two wickets.
- Pat Cummins has Joe Root’s number. The Australia captain has dismissed him three times in 66 balls this series, part of 11 dismissals overall in Test cricket at an average of 21.00.
- Mitchell Starc can be Australia’s go-to option against Stokes. The left-armer has dismissed the England captain eight times for 165 runs in Tests.
Other Stats and Facts
Steve Smith has struck two fifties and a century in two matches on this ground. He scored 211 in the 2019 series.
Stuart Broad is the leading wicket-taker in this Ashes series with 16 at an average of 24.93. Pat Cummins is next with 15 at 27.00.
Mark Wood vs Usman Khawaja in Tests: 113 balls, 44 runs, two dismissals.
Marnus Labuschagne has scored 66.50% of his Test runs at home. He averages 36.61 away. He has made four 20+ scores in a row, without reaching fifty: 47, 30, 21, 33.
James Anderson at Old Trafford: 10 Tests, 37 wickets, avg. 22.02.
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