Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Moeen Joined By Plunkett And Footitt In England Squad For Fourth Test

Moeen Joined By Plunkett And Footitt In England Squad For Fourth Test

Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali has been joined by Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt in the England squad for the fourth Investec Test against Australia at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday.

Pace duo Plunkett (Yorkshire) and Footitt (Derbyshire) have been included after James Anderson was ruled out with a side injury suffered during the eight wicket win in the third Test at Edgbaston.

Left arm seamer Footitt is uncapped at international level while Plunkett has played 13 Tests, most recently against India in July 2014.

National selector, James Whitaker said: “With James Anderson missing this Test through injury and some concerns over Mark Wood’s workload in the build up to the last Test we felt that bringing in two extra bowlers in Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt was necessary.

"The reports on Wood are positive at this stage and we are hopeful he’ll be available for selection on Thursday.

“Congratulations to Liam and Mark Footitt on their selection and on behalf of the selectors I’d like to wish Alastair (Cook) and Trevor (Bayliss) all the very best for the fourth Test.

"The performance at Edgbaston this week was very encouraging and it is important we build on that next week at Trent Bridge.”

Moeen again made another valuable contribution batting at number eight with the bat at Edgbaston, scoring 59 to add to his 77 at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff in the opening game of the series.

He also claimed the final Australian wicket of Mitchell Starc yesterday for 58 to finish with 1-64 from 16.1 overs.

England squad

Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Steven Finn (Middlesex)

Mark Footitt (Derbyshire)

Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)

Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Mark Wood (Durham)