England squad for 3rd Test: James Anderson ruled out of Test Series

England Test Team
England Test Team(Image: ECB)

England is about to announce their playing 11 for the Ashes 2023, as James Anderson was ruled out of England’s squad for the 3rd Test.

James ruled out of England squad for 3rd Test

The third Test of the Ashes 2023 is about to start at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday. The hosts have already made three changes from the side during last week’s Test at Lord’s.

As expected, the pacer James Anderson has been moved to the side from Xl, replaced by fast bowler Mark Wood.

Moeen Ali who has been on the side due to an injury, will be back into action on the third series and joins Chris Woakes as he also returns to his side. He had missed the second test due to the injury.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood

Due to should dislocation in the second series, Ollie Pope will be not joining for the rest of the Test Series. The joining of Woakes and Moeen will boaster the England team.

Meanwhile, hosts have been outplayed by visitors in two test matches, who lead the series by 2-0, having won in both Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively.

On this hectic situation, England must come out with a victory for regaining any chances of winning Ashes 2023. On the other hand, Pat Cummins is one step behind to win the Ashes Series in England, making him the first Skipper to win in 22 years.

Australia was on receiving lots of critics and abuse after Alex Carey’s controversial stumping of Jonny Bairstow on the fifth day of the Ashes second Test at Lord’s where Australia won by 43 runs.

Replacement for Olli Pope

Brook has been used as a counter batsman and has found intense success in Test Career, already having scored four centuries and 950 runs in 15 innings.

His half-century in the first innings at Headingley Test would see him become the fastest man to 1000 Test runs. He has a good strike rate of 96 in Test Cricket, but it would an interesting one to see how moving forward in order to see how it works.

Ollie pope ruled out of Ashes

Joe Root has been also considered for No.3, but his stability in the order is also very important which put him in a position to consolidate runs.

Ollie will not be taking place in upcoming Test matches, due to shoulder injury. His injury during the second innings on the third day after England was mistakenly told that it would not be permitted to use a substitute fielder in the second innings.

Pope who had suffered twice shoulder dislocations in the past, shows us the full extent of the injury.

Pope aggravated the injury on day three after the umpires insisted he take the field after batting in England’s first Innings. By scoring 42 runs he left the field.

Chris Woakes to join Moeen Ali

It was a disappointment in picking Chris Woakes for Lord’s test since his records are out of marks in all aspects of the game, averaging 68 with bat and under 10 with the ball.

Woakes are mostly expected to replace Josh Tongue, who made an impressive Ashes debut but doesn’t offer much more in his counterpart.

Moeen Ali is expected to return from his finger injury in the first test and will be number 7 while Jonny Bairstow moves up the order for one spot.

Moeen adds a spinner to the ranks for England, as Roots was the only spinner in the Second series, held at Lord’s. Ahmed was known as replacement in the second test but has not been taken into count in the squad ahead of the third.

Possible squad for England Test Series

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson