England have announced their 14-man squad for opening Test of the Ashes series that will begin from 1st August at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Uncapped pace bowler Jofra Archer has been picked for the opening game of the series. West Indies-born player, who played an instrumental role in helping England win their maiden Cricket World Cup at home.
Archer has also fully recovered from side strain that troubled him during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The pace bowler has produced excellent numbers in red-ball cricket as well with 131 wickets in 28 first class games at an average of 23.00.
All-rounder Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler also return to the Test setup after not playing the one-off game against Ireland at Lords. Stokes has been appointed as the deputy to England captain Joe Root for this Ashes series. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach and Lewis Gregory did not find a place in the 14-man squad for the opening Test.
Ben Stokes will need to show a lot of responsibility after his controversial brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.
England’s Chief Selector, Ed smith stood by his decision of not making any wholesale changes in the batting department for the first Ashes series. The batting unit received a lot of flak from cricket pundits when the side was bundled out for 85 runs in the first innings against Ireland at Lords.
Joe Denly, Jason Roy and Rory Burns will make up the England’s top-order for the opening game of the Test series. Jason Roy showed excellent form with the bat in the second innings for England in the one-off Test played against Ireland at Lords.
Premier bowler James Anderson has been declared fit after undergoing fitness Test ahead of the first Ashes Test.
England squad for the opening Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.