England has announced their squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. The 251-defeat in the first Test seemed to have a major impact on the team and the announcement looks like a proof to that.
Moeen Ali has been replaced with slow left-armer Jack Leach for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s. Leach who had shouldered the win against Ireland at Lord’s Test just before the Ashes was not included in the first Test. But now he has finally rewarded for his contribution. Ali, on the other hand after finishing with 3/137 has been kept out. The all-rounder struggled with the bat as well and was twice dismissed by Nathan Lyon in the previous encounter.
Jofra Archer, in all likelihood, will be making his Test debut at Lord’s especially as James Anderson and Olly Stone will be missing the match due to injury. Anderson could bowl only four overs at Edgbaston due to his right calf injury, while Stone will be out for two weeks with a lower back injury. Archer was named in the first Test as well but was kept in reserve as the team management wanted to be sure about his side injury. The young star proved his fitness by representing Sussex in Vitality Blast.
There was speculation of Joe Denly missing the squad but he had been able to keep his place in the 12-man squad, along with Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. The 12-man squad announced by the selectors will need to bounce back strongly if they want to do well, especially as this is a part of World Test Championship as well.
England squad for second Ashes Test:
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