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Ashes: Mark Wood is OUT of England’s 12-man squad for second Test but Jack Leach is included

Mark Wood is OUT of England’s 12-man squad for second Ashes Test but left-arm spinner Jack Leach is included regardless of struggles in opener at Brisbane, whereas Chris Woakes additionally will get the nod

  • England have rested Mark Wood but included Jack Leach for second Ashes Test 
  • Wood was one of England’s greatest bowlers on the Gabba within the sequence opener 
  • The bowler is stated to be totally match with no damage considerations over his left ankle  
  • England want a victory within the pink-ball Test to sq. the five-match sequence at 1-1

England have rested Mark Wood from Wednesday evening’s second Test at Adelaide – but included left-arm spinner Jack Leach of their 12-man squad, regardless of the punishment he took from Australia’s batsmen within the Ashes opener at Brisbane.

Wood, who together with Ollie Robinson was one of England’s two greatest bowlers on the Gabba, taking three for 85 in Australia’s first innings – together with Steve Smith for simply 12 – is stated to be totally match, with no damage considerations over the left ankle that has commonly troubled him.

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And with England needing victory on this pink-ball Test to sq. the five-match sequence at 1-1 after their nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane, captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood should now decide on the steadiness of their assault.

Mark Wood is said to be fully fit despite his exclusion from England's 12-man squad Left-arm spinner Jack Leach took punishment from Australia’s batsmen in the Ashes opener at Brisbane

England have rested Mark Wood (L) but included Jack Leach (R) for second Ashes Test

Wood was one of England’s two best bowlers at the Gabba and took three for 85 in Australia’s first innings

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Wood was one of England’s two greatest bowlers on the Gabba and took three for 85 in Australia’s first innings

The inclusion of Chris Woakes, who took 4 for 36 – his greatest Test figures abroad – when England final performed a day/evening Test at Adelaide 4 years in the past – signifies that one choice is a five-man seam assault, together with Ben Stokes, who bowled a ferocious spell to Root within the nets on Tuesday.

But England haven’t but discounted the chance of handing one other outing to Leach, whose 13 overs at Brisbane disappeared for 102 as Australia carried out plans to assault him.

‘As difficult as it was for him, Jack has had a couple of days to think about it and I’m certain shall be desirous to get straight again on the market,’ stated Root. 

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The inclusion on Chris Woakes (above) means that one option is a five-man seam attack

The inclusion on Chris Woakes (above) signifies that one choice is a five-man seam assault

‘The one thing we’ve spoken about lots is take a look at when he bowled. On that floor, it was the very best time to face spin.

‘We only had 150 on the board – there was not a lot working in his favour. 

‘If we’d gone into the later levels of day 4 and day 5, after we’d have anticipated him to bowl having received the toss and batted first, there would have been extra to work with. 

England 12 for second Ashes Test 

Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkt), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. 

‘You noticed Nathan Lyon come into the sport in our second innings, and it might have been very completely different.’

Jimmy Anderson advised the BBC: ‘We’ve been rallying spherical Jack. He’s in good spirits, really. He’s labored actually exhausting within the final couple of days, ensuring his sport is the place it must be.

‘In not very spin-friendly conditions at the Gabba, a team like Australia can put you under pressure. He works really hard on his game, and he has in particular in the last couple of days.’ 

Explaining the absence of Wood, the England captain added: ‘With four Tests coming up in the next four weeks, it is important that we keep our bowling group fresh and ready for each Test.

‘Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have prepped well leading into this Test. They worked hard at Brisbane and have been in good rhythm in the sessions we have had in Adelaide.

‘Mark Wood will play a pivotal role in this series and we have to ensure he is fresh and able to perform at his fullest capability. With three Tests coming up after this one, he will be ready to play his part in the rest of the series.’

Australia’s Travis Head has already urged it will be a mistake to enter a Test at Adelaide with no frontline spinner, and on Wednesday head groundsman Damian Hough added his voice to the controversy.

Australia’s Travis Head (above) has already suggested it would be a mistake to not include a frontline spinner

Australia’s Travis Head (above) has already urged it will be a mistake to not embody a frontline spinner

Asked if England could be making an error to go in with no slow-bowling specialist, Hough replied: ‘Yeah, I think so. History says that the pitch will spin. 

‘Nathan Lyon has always played a role out there, so from our end we believe that spin in Adelaide needs to play a part. We feel that it has previously and it still should.’

Australia, in the meantime, have confirmed that opener David Warner is match to play, regardless of taking painful blows to the ribs on the Gabba from Wood and Stokes. 

‘He’s a little bit bit sore, but he’ll be effective,’ stated captain Pat Cummins. Seamer Jhye Richardson will are available for his third Test in place of the injured Josh Hazlewood. 

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