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


Craig Overton will replace Chris Woakes from the change to England’s side to 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.
The 25-year-old disregarded Steve Smith — that will return to the Australia aspect — to his Exam bow in Adelaide.
On the choice to play Overton, England captain Joe Root said:»[Old Trafford] does perform slightly differently — that extra bit of bounce to get a taller bowler offers us a somewhat different choice to go to.
«I really feel like that balances our assault out really well in such conditions
«Craig is a competition. You watched him come into Ashes cricket and straightaway on introduction appeared in the home.
«He caught himself in a battle and I expect him to do exactly this week. He has great control, very excellent abilities and moves off the ball the straight so that I expect him to cause any issues for the Aussie batters.»
Overton has taken seven wickets in his three Tests thus far, at a mean of 42.28, while he top-scored with an unbeaten 33 if England were skittled for 58 by New Zealand at Auckland.
As it was declared James Anderson would overlook the rest of the show with a calf 25, the paceman was drafted into England’s squad.
England have also made one change to their order — Rory Burns will be opened with by Joe Denly, with Jason Roy moving down to No 4.
«Jason is a high-quality player, we all recognize that, and he is better suited at four,» Root said.
«To play in an Ashes series is extremely fascinating and he was extremely excited to have the opportunity to open the batting but I think that he may be better suited to the middle order on the signs we have seen.
«It’s a excellent chance for him to make it his own and we’ve seen him play international cricket to understand what he can do if he puts himself in so hopefully batting lower allows him to do that.
«Joe [Denly] has performed with some good cricket during the summertime, he has got himself in and he was very good in that moment innings [in Headingley]. It’s a wonderful chance for him to catch us off to a good start»
Root side are level at 1-1 with Australia using two Tests to play after Ben Stokes’ century at Headingley.
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