The Ashes 2023: James Anderson retains place as England identify unchanged workforce for fifth Take a look at

England bowlers Chris Woakes (left) and James Anderson (right) talk during training

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Chris Woakes (left) and James Anderson (right) have kept their places in England’s bowling attack
Venue: The Kia Oval Date: Thursday, 27 July Time: 11:00 BST
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Captain Ben Stokes backed James Anderson as the “greatest fast bowler to play the game” as he was named in an unchanged England team for the final Ashes Test against Australia.

Anderson, who turns 41 on Saturday, has taken only four wickets in the series.

Writing in his column for the Telegraph,external-link Lancashire’s Anderson said he no plans to retire.

“Although he’s not had the impact he would have liked to in this series, he’s a quality bowler,” said Stokes.

“It’s very hard for anyone to sit here and say he’s not. Jimmy’s come under a bit of flak for that but if Joe Root hadn’t scored the runs…

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