England has announced a 13-man squad for the fourth Ashes test, with the exception of Pacer James Anderson, who was eliminated in the remainder of the series.
Craig Overton, who played the last of his three tests in March 2018, was inducted into the squad for the Old Trafford Test, which begins on September 4.
Anderson was eliminated after he had not recovered from the calf injury that had kept him from the second and third tests. He planned his recovery, but suffered another setback on Thursday when he was forced to retire as the representative of Lancashire’s second XI.
Anderson played against Durham and dropped 20 overs with no apparent complaints, but nine overs were in his spell on Thursday. He reported calf pain and had to see a doctor.
Anderson managed only four overs in Edgbaston’s opening test before limping out of the field over a calf injury. Anderson had initially suffered a muscle tear in the Lancashire game in July before the Ashes, but recovered well in time to be considered for the first Ashes game.
Overton, 25-year-old Pacer, is currently the second-highest wicket taker in the County Championship in Somerset, capturing 32 wickets from eight games at 21:34. Following his debut at the Ash Test in Adelaide in 2017, Overton has run three tests and scored seven goals, with the final test against New Zealand.
After England’s sensational 1-1 victory in the last game at Headingley, the series is currently 1-1.
Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Jason Roy.