England have selected an unchanged 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test match against Australia at Headingley.
The hosts remain 1-0 down in the series heading into Thursday’s match after the second Test ended in a draw, despite Ben Stokes’ century and Jofra Archer’s brutal spell with the ball on the final two days at Lord’s.
James Anderson will still be absent in Leeds, but the 37-year-old will test his right calf in Lancashire second XI’s three-day match versus Leicestershire beginning on Tuesday.
England are hopeful that Anderson could return for the fourth Test which starts on September 4 at Old Trafford.
Bowlers Archer and Jack Leach continue in the side after impressing in place of Anderson and Moeen Ali respectively at Lord’s.
England squad for Headingley Test
Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
Archer produced a devastating performance against Australia’s batsmen with one of the fastest spells Test cricket has seen this decade.
The England debutant struck Steve Smith in the neck with a bouncer and Australia’s captain – ranked the No.2 Test batsman in the world – was forced to retire on 80.
While Smith passed initial tests to make 92 on Saturday, he was ruled out for the remainder of the match with concussion and will be assessed ahead of the Headingley Test.
‘It’s certainly an area of concern, concussion, and I want to be 100 per cent fit,’ he explained.
‘[It is] certainly up to the medical staff and we’ll have conversations.’
England captain Joe Root claimed that Archer changed the dynamic of the series with his bowling display at Lord’s.
‘He has come in and had a massive impact,’ Root said.
‘He adds a different dynamic to our bowling attack and has given Australia something to think about.’
Root added: ‘He makes things happen when not many others in world cricket can.
‘He has natural pace which is always going to be in the game on every surface.
‘It’s really pleasing to see someone come in on Test debut and live up to the hype.’