Ashes 2021-22: Veteran English fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have been added to England’s 12-man squad for the second Test against Australia in Adelaide. Both the bowlers were left of the playing XI in the first Test, which England lost by 9 wickets. Mark Wood, who bowled well in the first Test, has been rested in the pink-ball Test. Also, England has put faith in Jack Leach, adding him in the 12-man squad as well. It will be interesting to see which player misses out of 12 for the second Test, which starts tomorrow.
Ahead of the second Ashes 2021-22 Test in Adelaide, Jimmy Anderson expressed his desire to play all the four remaining Tests while addressing the media.
“I came here wanting to be available for five (Tests) and that doesn’t change now, I want to be available for the next four,” said a defiant Anderson, 39, who has taken a record 632 Test wickets — more than any other seam bowler in history.
“I think the gaps between the next few Tests, it might be a bit easier to get that rest in between and make sure everyone’s fresh, but that’s something out of my control. I’ve just got to do my best if I get picked tomorrow.”
James Anderson was gutted to have missed the first Test but he understands that he isn’t going to play all the games in a Test series, keeping in mind his fitness concerns.
“All I can do is try and prepare as well as I can and stay fit and the last few years I’ve certainly been managed a bit more, missing the odd game to try and make sure I stay fresh for a long series,” said the 166-Test veteran.
“So that’s something I’ve got used to I guess over the last few years.”
Australia, too, has announced their playing XI for the second Test. There is one forced change in the line-up. Josh Hazlewood misses out due to injury and Jhye Richardson replaces him in the eleven.
England’s 12-man squad: Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root (capt) Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.