Sunday, 1 October, 2023

England face Anderson call in Ashes finale

England are set to make a decision over veteran paceman James Anderson's place in the side after naming an unchanged squad for this week's final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.

Rain at the England great's Old Trafford home ground washed out all of Sunday's play and condemned the fourth Test to a draw.

That ensured holders Australia, 2-1 ahead with one to play, retained the Ashes and wrecked any chance of a winner-takes-all decider in London.

Anderson's 689 Test wickets are the most taken by any fast bowler, with only spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708) ahead of him in the all-time list.

But in the current series Anderson, who turns 41 on Sunday, has taken just four wickets in three Tests.