Moeen Ali has been left out of England’s 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s next week, with Jack Leach recalled in his place.
Injured bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone are the others missing from the 14-man squad named for the opener at Edgbaston, which leaves Jofra Archer and Sam Curran in apparent competition for the final spot in the XI with Leach sure to replace Moeen.
Seven of England's team at Lord's will have first names beginning with J. That is too many imvho.
— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 9, 2019
Archer played for Sussex second XI this week in a bid to prove his fitness, taking six wickets and hitting a century on day one of a three-day match, while Curran has been in Vitality Blast action for Surrey.
With England naming just 12 players and no additional batsmen, Joe Denly appears certain to get another chance to prove himself at number four. Unless they just decide to have all-rounders from four to eight, which might not be the worst plan in fairness.
England squad for second Ashes Test at Lord’s: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
Dan Lawrence has emerged as a contender.
Captain Joe Root is absent due to the impending birth of his second child.
The game between Team Stokes and Team Buttler ended in a draw.
The sport can now return, subject to a series of as-yet unpublished guidelines.
England face the West Indies in a three-Test series behind closed doors.
The Surrey opener is hoping to regain his spot in the England Test team after an ankle injury.
Curran felt unwell on Wednesday night and was instructed to self-isolate in his room.
ECB is permitting two overseas per team from next season.
Surrey man had been feeling unwell.
This is redemption on the grand scale, says former England spinner.