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Craig Overton replaces Chris Woakes for fourth Test
The Ashes 2019

Craig Overton replaces Chris Woakes for fourth Test

England have opted to leave out Chris Woakes and have instead picked fast bowler Craig Overton for the Old Trafford Test.

Overton was called up as a replacement for James Anderson, who was ruled out of the Ashes series due to a calf injury.

Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket-taker, could bowl only four overs on the opening morning of the Edgbaston Test after which he was forced to withdraw from the cricket action.

Overton is the only change to England's playing XI that triumphed at Headingley owing to Ben Stokes' incredible 135 not out.

The 25-year-old last turned up for international duty last year while he made his debut against Australia in the previous Ashes series.

Overton has played three Tests and managed to dismiss Steve Smith in the first game of his career at Adelaide.

England captain Joe Root feels the lanky paceman possesses the height to generate extra bounce that would trouble the Australia batsmen.

"This ground does perform slightly differently with an extra bit of bounce and a taller bowler will give us an extra option to go to."

"I feel like that balances out our attack really well in these conditions."

"Craig is a competitor. You saw him come into Ashes cricket on debut and straight away he looked very much at home," Root added.

"He got himself in a battle and I expect him to do that this week. I expect him to cause some issues for the Aussie batters."

England team for the fourth Test

Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach