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Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad
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Veteran pace duo returns in England’s 12-man squad for Adelaide Test

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Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson have been included in England’s 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test, a day-night encounter in Adelaide, starting on Thursday, 16 December.

England had gone in without the veteran pace duo for the first Test in Brisbane – Broad was recovering from an injury and Anderson was rested. England lost the match by nine wickets, Australia chasing down the 20-run target in the final innings. 

The return of the duo provides a boost to the side ahead of the Adelaide clash. Mark Wood, who returned a commendable 3/85 in the first innings, has been rested.

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With Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes also in the squad as pace options, alongside Broad and Anderson and the all-rounder Ben Stokes, it remains to be seen who will miss out on the final XI. 

The loss in the first Test was a devastating one for England – they were bowled out for 147 in the first innings after opting to bat, and never really recovered. 

Captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan put up a fight in the second innings after Australia posted a first-innings lead of 278. However, a collapse from the rest of the line-up meant the home side could seal out an easy nine-wicket victory within four days.

England squad: Joe Root (c), Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

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