England won the toss and elected to bowl on a cloudy morning at the start of the fourth round of Investec at Trent Bridge. Alastair Cook was named for England’s players to “engrave their names in history”, claiming a victory to regain the Ashes and a first chance to field would be exactly what they wanted. ( England vs Australia 4th Test Prediction Who Will Win )
That immediately put emphasis on how batting counterpart Cook – Australia captain Michael Clarke. He has slipped down to number 5, with Shaun Marsh, replacing his brother Mitchell, carded into No. 4.
Clarke announced his demotion in the order with a protruding jaw defiant air. Was it a great game for him? “It’s great as any other game I’ve played for Australia. You can only do your best and enjoy the challenge.” He claimed to feel “similar feeling to the one we had in the Lord”, where Australia took the series back to 1-1 before losing in Edgbaston. cricinfo
Mark Wood, as approved, was appointed as new-ball partner Stuart Broad. “He is definitely in great shape and has a very good record at Trent Bridge,” Cook said. Shaun had hundreds of tour matches against Kent and Derbyshire. Repel an attack balancing test conditions in Trent Bridge would be a different challenge, but Australia, at least six specialist batsmen in the hand as he tried to convert the series.
England 1 Alastair Cook (captain), 2 Adam Lyth, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow 5, 6 Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler 7 (wk), 8 Moeen Ali, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Mark Wood,
11 Steven Finn
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Chris Rogers, 3 Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh 4 5 Michael Clarke (captain), 6 Adam Voges, 7 Peter Nevill (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc 9 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon