England keep faith with Lyth for 4th Test

England have kept faith with opener Adam Lyth, naming him in a 14-man squad for the fourth Ashes Test.

Selectors have summoned Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt to Nottingham due to Jimmy Anderson’s side strain. Otherwise, it is an unchanged squad.

Lyth has looked a walking wicket for the majority of the series, banking scores of six, 37, zero, seven, 10 and 12.

Former England batsman Jonathan Trott thought it would be foolish to axe Lyth and selectors agreed.

“He just needs a little bit of luck and hopefully he’ll get going,” Trott told ESPNcricinfo.

England will have to make at least one change to the XI that thumped Australia by eight wickets at Edgbaston due to Anderson’s absence.

Mark Wood, who missed the third Test due to an ankle injury, is likely to take Anderson’s place in the team.

“We felt that bringing in two extra bowlers in Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt was necessary,” England selector James Whitaker said.

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

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

England 14-man squad for fourth Test: Alastair Cook (capt), Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Steve Finn, Liam Plunkett, Mark Footitt, Adil Rashid.

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