Ashes 2019: England name unchanged squad for third Test as James Anderson's recovery lingers on

England's James Anderson had injured a calf muscle during the first Test and will be playing in a three-day friendly fixture as his condition will be assessed

Agence France-Presse, Aug 19, 2019 15:57:56 IST

London: England named an unchanged squad on Monday for the third Test against Australia at Headingley, with the injured James Anderson continuing his bid to return later in the series.

The selectors kept faith with the XI that drew the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday, with England having the better of an exciting last day before Australia held out to preserve their 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Ashes 2019: England name unchanged squad for third Test as James Andersons recovery lingers on

File image of James Anderson. Reuters

Surrey left-arm seamer Sam Curran, who did not play at Lord's, retained his place in a 12-man squad for the third Test, which starts at England captain Joe Root's Headingley home ground on Thursday.

Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, did not play at Lord's because of a calf injury that had restricted him to just four overs in Australia's 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer took five wickets on his Test debut at Lord's in Anderson's place. Anderson, however, is to continue his rehabilitation this week by playing for Lancashire second XI against Leicestershire in a three-day friendly match in Liverpool starting on Tuesday.

He will be assessed on an ongoing basis ahead of selection for the fourth Test at Old Trafford — Anderson's home ground — starting on Wednesday, 4 September.

England squad:

Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Sam Curran

Updated Date: Aug 19, 2019 15:57:56 IST

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1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
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