The England cricket board has officially declared its 15-member squad for the third Test of the Ashes 2023 series against Australia. Following their recent loss in the Lord’s Test, the English board swiftly named the squad for the upcoming match, which is scheduled to take place at Headingley on Thursday, July 6.
Despite suffering an injury scare, Ollie Pope has been asked to remain in England’s squad. The batsman displayed remarkable determination as he batted with a shoulder injury during both innings.
Uncertainty Surrounding Pope’s Participation, Possible Replacements Lined Up
Pope’s shoulder injury has raised concerns about his availability for the upcoming Test. He is set to undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury, and there is a possibility that he might miss the match. In preparation for any eventuality, England has Dan Lawrence as the potential replacement, being the only batter from the squad with a similar playing style.
In addition to Pope’s situation, England’s veteran all-rounder Moeen Ali, who sat out the second Test, is likely to make a comeback for the third game, boosting England’s lineup.
Changes in the Squad for the Third Ashes Test
Rehan Ahmed, who was included in the squad before the second Test, has been dropped for the third game, hinting at Moeen Ali’s probable return. England has also added players like Chris Woakes and Mark Wood to strengthen their squad.
Series Overview: Australia Takes a 2-0 Lead
In the previous Test at Lord’s, England suffered a defeat at the hands of Australia by 43 runs. Despite a brilliant batting effort from English skipper Ben Stokes, who scored 155 runs off 214 balls, Australia’s dominant performance allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023 Test series.
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