Anderson replaces Wood for Adelaide Test; Leach retained in the squad

England has left out Mark Wood, their quickest bowler, from their 12-player selection for the day-night Test in Adelaide, despite having planned for years to always have a point-of-difference speed option in their Ashes sides. Wood, who reached 150 km per hour in Brisbane, has been rested, with James Anderson, who was not a finalist for the first Test, taking his place. Despite the punishment he received last week, left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been retained, with the final decision appearing to be between him and Stuart Broad.

In Brisbane, Wood bowled with pace and aggression, claiming Steven Smith caught behind on the second day to spark a period in which England temporarily reclaimed the game until Travis Head ripped it away from them. With Jofra Archer and Olly Stone sidelined, Wood was the only one of the three express quicks England had planned for this tour.

Anderson’s recall for this match was expected in the hopes of taking advantage of the pink ball and bowling under lights when conditions are favorable. He took his lone five-wicket haul in Australia four years ago, when he and Chris Woakes dismissed Australia for 138 in the second innings, despite England’s crushing defeat.

“I had luck with it [the pink ball] last time here,” Anderson remarked, “but it is still extremely unpredictable.” “It’s not a certain conclusion that it will swing around bends. We know it’s a nice pitch here in general; if the sun is shining, it won’t do much, but there may be times during the game when it does a little more, such as at twilight or when it’s dark. Use the periods when it does a little to your advantage.”

England’s batting line-up will remain unchanged after scoring 147 and 297 at the Gabba. After being treated brutally in Brisbane, where he conceded 102 from 13 overs, keeping Leach in the 12 is a show of faith. Damian Hough, the groundsman at Adelaide Oval, warned them against going into the day-night Test without a spinner, while Nathan Lyon has taken 19 wickets at 25.78 in the match.

On Wednesday, Hough observed, “History predicts the pitch will spin. Nathan has always played a part in the game, and we believe that spin in Adelaide should as well. We believe it has done so in the past and continues to do so now.”