Stuart Broad has been drafted into the England XI for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia (Match betting – Draw 8/13, Australia 9/5, England 11/1) in Sydney, replacing Ollie Robinson.
The 35-year-old veteran has played only once during the winter Ashes series but is back in the mix due to a slight shoulder injury to fellow seamer Robinson.
Broad has taken 526 wickets (Top England wicket-taker fourth Test 3/1) across 150 Test matches during an illustrious career with team mate James Anderson the only one to have taken more.
England have already been defeated Down Under after a nightmare series.
They will now be playing for pride in Sydney before the last Test gets underway in Hobart on January 14.
Preparations for the fourth Test have been heavily disrupted by Covid with coach Chris Silverwood among those isolating after catching the virus.
Graham Thorpe is taking charge of the team in Silverwood’s absence and says Broad will be determined to impress in the fourth Test, as will Ben Stokes.
“I’ve been in contact with Spoons [Silverwood] throughout regarding team selection, as well as keeping him in the loop with what’s been going on, but obviously myself and Joe Root are here on the ground,” he said.
“We’re looking at the surface and assessing our bowlers coming into it. From that point of view, it felt a bit of a risk going in with a couple of guys carrying niggles so it was right to bring Stuart back in.
“I’ve got a couple of caged tigers coming into this match, Ben Stokes being one of them. Stuart is another.”