Australia and England are set to cross swords in the second Ashes Test from December 16 in Adelaide. Ahead of the match, Australia have named their playing XI. There are no major surprises in the squad. However, Jhye Richardson has been drafted into the team in place of injured Josh Hazlewood. There were few doubts about David Warner featuring in the match. The southpaw had taken a blow to his ribs and was doubtful for the game. However, Australia have included him in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, England too have named their 12 man squad for the match. The team copped a fair bit of criticism for leaving out veteran bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad from the team for the first Test. However, they made amends and brought back James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the 12 man squad for Adelaide Test. Mark Wood has been rested for the game. The final XI will be named at the toss. Given the match will be played under lights, Anderson can be more than handy in Adelaide. The question though remains on the participation of Stuart Broad. Over the last few years, England have refrained from playing Anderson and Broad together.
Joe Root and his men will be keen to bounce back in Adelaide after a crushing defeat in the first Test. The team was bundled out for 147 in the first inning post which they were always playing the catching game. The team’s batting is a big concern and a massive challenge awaits them in Adelaide.
England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (c), Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.