2 Aug 2015

England retain opener Lyth

2:00 pm on 2 August 2015
Adam Lyth celebrates his maiden century against New Zealand at Leeds, 2015.

Adam Lyth celebrates his maiden century against New Zealand at Leeds, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

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

Selectors also summoned pace bowlers 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.

The 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," said Trott.

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," the 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.

The England coach Trevor Bayliss, 2015.

The England coach Trevor Bayliss, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged his side to inflict a final knockout blow to an Australian team wobbling under the pressure of a potential fourth successive Ashes series defeat on UK soil.

England dominated Michael Clarke's side in a one-sided third Test at Edgbaston easing to an eight-wicket victory before tea on the third day to take a 2-1 series lead.

Only once in Ashes history has a team come from 2-1 down to claim the series and defeat for the tourists at Trent Bridge next week would see Alastair Cook's side regain the urn lost so embarrassingly 19 months ago.

Playing in Australia, England were swept 5-nil.

Victory will also heap further pressure on the captaincy of Clarke, who is averaging 18.60 in this series and passed 25 just six times in his last 27 visits to the crease.

A middle order of Clarke, Adam Voges and Mitch Marsh contributed just 36 runs between them across both innings in Birmingham, an issue magnified by a rare failure with the bat from the skipper's replacement-in-waiting Steve Smith.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also struggled with the ball and chairman of selectors Rod Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann have some decisions to make ahead of the fourth Test which starts on Thursday.

Bayliss is more familiar with the Australian players than the ones in the home dressing room and the former New South Wales coach knows full well the scrutiny they'll be under going in to the Trent Bridge Test.

"I think we can take some lessons out of this match, " Bayliss said.

"Some of the Australians will be under pressure ... and hopefully we will be able to build on that pressure in the next match and not let them up off the floor.

"The message to the boys is go away and relax for a few extra days but come back with their own personal plans in place."

Bayliss believes it's been good bowling that's led to Clarke's battles in this series but maintained the 34-year-old is still good enough to rediscover the touch that's made him one of the world's great players over the last decade.

"Michael's had a long career and had a few runs of form like this in the past and he's come back from them," he said.

"The last thing we want to do is forecast his demise because that's just giving him ammunition to come out and score a heap of runs."