England vs Australia 4th Test: Steven Smith returns gives Australia a shot in the arm
England vs Australia 4th Test: Steven Smith returns gives Australia a shot in the arm

Match details

Series/tournament name: The Ashes

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date: 4 September , 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Preview: 

After a cracking game at Headingley, the euphoria has settled and England will look to continue their resurgence in the series. Australia, meanwhile, have a massive boost coming their way with Steve Smith fit and firing for the Old Trafford Test. With Marnus Labuschagne also sealing down his spot, they have dropped Usman Khawaja for this Test match. England will look to continue their momentum but will have their task cut out with Smith back in the setup.

Weather report: 

It is expected to rain at Manchester on the first three days before it gives way to a cloudy and intermittently sunny weather on days four and five. 

Pitch report:

The pitch is expected to assist the seamers and we could see the overhead conditions play a major role. It is unlikely that the Test will last all five days.

Injuries and replacements: 

Usman Khawaja dropped, Steven Smith in

James Pattinson dropped, Mitchell Starc or Peter Siddle in

Probable Playing XI:

England:

England have made a batting order change with Jason Roy going down to the middle-order and Joe Denly coming at the top. They are unlikely to tinker with the playing XI.

Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Joe Root (c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach.

Australia

Australia have revealed

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