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Cricket News: England pick Jofra Archer for first Ashes Test

England have selected Jofra Archer in a 14-man squad for the first Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston next week. Archer, who delivered the match-winning Super Over in the World Cup final, has not yet played Test cricket and could make his debut in Birmingham after recovering from a side injury. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler return to the squad after being rested for the victory against Ireland at Lord's while Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach, man of the match against the Irish, have been left out. Stokes has also been reappointed to the Test vice-captaincy for the first time since the well-publicised incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. Whether Archer makes a Test debut in Birmingham remains to be seen given he is still recovering from the left side injury which plagued him throughout the World Cup. He played for Sussex in the Vitality T20 Blast on Friday evening without any issue and England will continue to monitor him once the squad assembles in Birmingham on Monday. Alongside Archer, there are five other fast-bowlers in the squad including James Anderson who is expected to be fit after missing the match against Ireland as a precaution whilst managing a calf injury. Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Sam Curran are all included after doing well at Lord's while Moeen Ali is the only spinner selected. Leach will, however, train with England in the build-up to the match given he is not part of Somerset's T20 squad.

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  • Released : 28-Jul-2019

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