Nottingham - England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to
field against Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
The overcast conditions promised to aid swing bowling, with
Australia having struggled against the moving ball this series.
England, 2-1 up in the five-match series and a win away from
regaining the Ashes, made one change from the side that won the third Test by
eight wickets at Edgbaston last week.
Durham fast bowler Mark Wood returned from the ankle problem
which saw him miss out at Edgbaston to replace James Anderson after England's all-time
leading wicket-taker - also a Trent Bridge specialist - was ruled out with a
Australia also made one change with top-order batsman Shaun
Marsh replacing younger brother Mitchell Marsh, a 23-year-old seam bowling
Shaun Marsh, 32 who played the last of his 14 Tests against
the West Indies in Jamaica in June, has scored two hundreds in three tour-match
innings while in England this trip.
He was listed to bat at number four with Australia captain
Michael Clarke, dropping back down to a number five position where he averages
60 in Test cricket.
Scores of 10 and three at Edgbaston left Clarke with a
meagre series aggregate of 94 runs in six innings at an average of under 19.
Middle-order batsman Adam Voges, who played at Trent Bridge
for Nottinghamshire, retained his place despite averaging just 14.60 this
Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Joe
Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Stuart
Broad, Mark Wood, Steven Finn
David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Shaun
Marsh, Michael Clarke (captain), Adam Voges, Peter Nevill (wicketkeeper),
Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), S Ravi (IND)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Weather: Top temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, cloudy.
Pitch conditions: A green tinged pitch promised to offer the
bowlers early assistance as did the heavy cloud cover, although conditions
should get easier for batting throughout the day.