Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captain

first_imgEngland 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.The fast bowler didn’t feature in England’s record win over Ireland earlier this week due to a left side strain but showed signs of form by taking 2 wickets for Sussex on Friday in the Vitality Blast. This means he will be in a contest for a spot in the playing XI with senior-pro James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked up 9 wickets at Lord’s against Ireland.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.”Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here,” said national selector Ed Smith.”Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. 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.advertisement”It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open.”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 CurranAlso See:last_img