England, Australia lock horns in the fourth Ashes Test

Host England and Australia are ready to face off in the fourth Test of the five-match Ashes series in Manchester on Wednesday.

The series is evenly poised at 1-1, after Ben Stokes scintillating ton setup a famous win for England at Headingley.

For England, Joe Denly is all set to open the innings after showed excellent technique and temperament in the previous game. He will be looking to build on that good form shown at Headingley and produce a big score for England in this game.

Swashbuckling batsman Jason Roy will move to no. 4 in a bid to find some form with the bat. The team management will be hoping that the strategy can work for England in this game.

All-rounder Ben Stokes was the star of the show with the bat in the third game played at Headingley. He produced a belligerent innings and got England across the line to keep their Ashes hopes alive.

Jonny Bairstow and England Captain Joe Root will need to deliver runs with the bat in this game as well. The duo chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the second innings of the third Test at Leeds.

Jofra Archer impressed everyone with his pace and accuracy in the previous game. He will relish the conditions at Manchester; it offers plenty of bounce and pace for quick bowlers. Chris Woakes, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad bowled exceedingly well in the game played at Headingley.

Australia aim for a strong comeback against resurgent England at Manchester

On the other hand, Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc will be slotted in the place of Usman Khuwaja and James Pattinson. Australia announced their 12-man squad ahead of the fourth Test at Manchester with Usman Khuwaja being dropped due to lack of runs in the first three games.

The team management will be hoping Australia’s top-order can deliver runs with the bat in this game. It has been their weakness throughout this Ashes series with Warner looking woefully out of form with the bat. Left-hander will need to dig deep and produce a decent score for Australia in this game.

Marnus Labuschagne, who came in as first concussion substitute, has produced impressive scores for Australia since Lords Test. The middle-order batsman has scored three consecutive half-centuries and looked the best batsman for Australia besides Steven Smith.

It will be interesting to see how Steven Smith goes in this game after missing the previous game due to head injury.  He will be determined to do well for the side in this game.

Mitchell Starc bowled with pace and aggression and was the standout bowler for Australia against Derbyshire. Left-arm quick will be looking to do well in his first Ashes Test against England.

The pitch is expected to have plenty of bounce and carry for the quick bowlers. The batsmen will need to work hard for their runs.

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