Craig Overton replaces Chris Woakes for England in fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford

Craig Overton will replace Chris Woakes from the Sole change to England’s side for the fourth Ashes Test.

Somerset seamer Overton has played three Tests for England, two in the 2017/18 Ashes in Australia and one in New Zealand in March of This past Year.
The 25-year-old disregarded Steve Smith – that will return to the Australia side – to his Exam bow in Adelaide.
On the decision to play with Overton, England captain Joe Root said:”[Old Trafford] does perform slightly differently – that additional bit of rebound to get a taller bowler gives us a slightly different option to visit.
“I feel like this balances our assault out very well in these conditions
“Craig is a rival. You saw him come into Ashes cricket and also straightaway on introduction seemed very much in the home.
“He caught himself in a battle and that I expect him to do just this week. He’s got great control, excellent abilities and moves off the ball the straight so that I expect him to cause some issues for the Aussie batters.”
Overton has taken seven wickets in his three evaluation so far, at an average of 42.28, although he top-scored with an unbeaten 33 if England were skittled for 58 from New Zealand in Auckland.
The paceman was drafted into England’s squad as it was announced James Anderson would miss the rest of the show with a calf injury.
England also have made one modification to their lineup order – Joe Denly will start with Rory Burns, together with Jason Roy.
“Jason is a high quality player, we all understand that, and that he is better suited ,” Root said.
“To play in an Ashes series is quite exciting and he was extremely excited to get the opportunity to open the batting although I believe he might be better suited to the middle order on the evidence we’ve seen.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for him to make it his own and we have seen him perform international cricket to understand what he can do when he puts himself so hopefully batting lower allows him to do this.
“Joe [Denly] has performed with some fantastic cricket during the summertime, he has got himself in and he was really good in that moment innings [in Headingley]. It’s a excellent opportunity for him to get us off to a fantastic start”
Root’s side are level at to perform after Ben Stokes’ match-winning century in Headingley.
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