Ashes: Stuart Broad set to return for Fourth Test as Ollie Robinson makes way

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England look set to recall Stuart Broad at the expense of Ollie Robinson in a single change for the Fourth Ashes Test at Sydney, which begins on Wednesday.

England are 3-0 down after three matches, with Tests in Sydney and Hobart to come, but uncertainty surrounding the series due to Covid-19.

Broad has played just a single game in this series, at Adelaide, but is set to get his opportunity in Sydney on a pitch that, two days out, had a green tinge, but is expected to play true.

Robinson is England’s only frontline seamer who has played every Test this series, and is their leading wicket taker with nine at 26. He has performed admirably, but pulled up sore from Melbourne, and will welcome the rest after a gruelling first year of international action.

His absence leaves England with an even longer tail, but they will expect an unchanged top seven to lift their performance considerably, having failed to reach 300 yet in the series.

Broad made his 150th Test appearance in Adelaide but missed out on green surfaces in Brisbane and Melbourne and, in his Mail on Sunday column this week, made clear his frustrations.

“Only playing once has made this a very disappointing trip, one that has not met my personal expectations,” wrote Broad.

“The biggest frustration is losing the Ashes, being 3-0 down and feeling like I’ve not really done anything. Not being able, as an experienced player, to influence a series while it’s live is tough.”

Ollie Robinson celebrates the wicket of Marcus Harris (Getty Images)
Ollie Robinson celebrates the wicket of Marcus Harris (Getty Images)

On Broad, England captain Joe Root said: “He’s someone who always tries to prove everybody wrong, when he’s missed out in the past he’s done that extremely well.”

Root said he had no plans to consider his future as captain until the series has concluded, but admitted it “hurt deeply” to have lost the Ashes again.

“Yeah, obviously that’s nice to hear,” he said of receiving support from Ben Stokes, his vice-captain. “I’m very passionate about getting the opportunity to play for England. Then to captain England as well is a huge honour for me. All I ever want to do is try to get the best out of the group, to see us perform and play at a level everyone back home is proud of.

“It’s hurt me deeply that we’ve not managed to do that on this trip and I’m desperate for us to put in those performances. I really care about the role and it would be nice to finish this tour off in a much better way.”

England XI (probable):Hameed, Crawley, Malan, Root (c), Stokes, Bairstow, Buttler (wk), Wood, Leach, Broad, Anderson

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