Ashes 2019: Fast bowler Jofra Archer has been included in England’s 14-man squad announced Saturday for Ashes series against Australia, with all-rounder Ben Stokes re-appointed as vice-captain. Fit-again pacer James Anderson returns to the side. Joe Root will lead the team as captain.
England announced their 14-man squad for the 1st of the 5-match Ashes Test series against Australia on Saturday. Joe Root will be leading the hosts at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England's victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. Ben Stokes, who was stripped off vice-captaincy after Bristol street brawl in 2018, has been reappointed as the deputy to Joe Root.
Pacer James Anderson, who missed the only Test against Ireland at Lord's earlier this week with an injury, has been named in the squad.
Jack Leash, who won the Man of the Match award for his 92 as night-watchman against Ireland, misses out. England national selector Ed Smith explained that multiple injuries to bowlers were the reason England have opted for a 14-man squad.
In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket. The wider circumstances - a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series - are unprecedented.
England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran