England confirm XI for first Ashes Test at Edgbaston

Jofra Archer Australia England World Cup semi final PA

England have announced their team for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, with Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Olly Stone missing out from the 14-man squad.

World Cup hero Archer has not been risked as he continues his recovery from a side injury while Curran and Stone – who both impressed against Ireland – make way for the returning Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.

James Anderson also returns to the side, with Moeen Ali as the sole spinner after Jack Leach – man of the match at Lord’s for his nightwatchman efforts – was left out of the squad for Edgbaston altogether.

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England team v Australia, first Ashes Test, Edgbaston: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.