Wednesday , September 28 2022

Archer misses the name XI as England


Unexpected rhythm ace Joafra Archer missed the selection for the first ash test, confirmed England captain Joe Root on the eve of the Birmingham match.

Archer trained with England this week, but the hosts refused to choose their 24-year-old World Cup hero, with sailor-veteran James Anderson returning to Test XI at the expense of Ollie Stone.

England XI for the first test: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Koren (c), Joe Denley, Joss Butler, Ben Stokes, Johnny Burstow, Moni Ali, Chris Wakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

As expected, Deputy Captain Ben Stokes and explosive batsman Joss Butler are back after missing last week's win over Ireland by Lord at the expense of albunder Sam Curran and spinner Jack Leach.

Root will bat at No. 3, where he is averaging 40.47 from 40 innings compared to 48 one place lower, and Joe Denley bets at No. 4.

Archer dealt with a side injury during a successful World Cup campaign in England and spent a week in Barbados, recovering from an unforgettable final.

He returned to cricket last Friday in a T20 clash for Sussex in Hove before joining the England squad for the first Test.

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"Joffra is coming back from a pretty serious injury," Roth explained Wednesday. "After looking at the conditions, we chose the attack that we thought would best take 20 wicks."

Root has been captain of the England Test since July 2017 and is in charge when Australia returned the ash to home soil 4-0 18 months ago.

The 28-year-old says his country has learned a great deal from its experience that the ashes are winning and is now commanding multilateral apparel, which aims to climb the top of cricket to the test.

"We've come a long way in the last few years as a team," Routh said.

"We have many more options, especially with the ball; tempo, different angles we can reach.

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"We have been fighting away from home for the past few years – coming out of the back of success to win a difficult tour in Sri Lanka.

"We feel like we're building momentum as a team and slowly getting to where we want, which is the No. 1 team in the world.

"With that in mind, I have the feeling that we want to continue this progression and obviously it's a huge series.

"(The squad has) a good mix of youth, inexperience and extensive experience with the likes of Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart) Brody.

"So I think we're well prepared to get into it. But it turns out nothing is the first ball."

2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England

Australia Squad: Tim Payne (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Usman Havaj, Marnus Labushan, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Nesser, James Pattinson, Peter Seadle, Steve Smith, Mitch Smith, Mitch Smith , David Warner.

Team England: Joe Koren (c), Moyne Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Joffra Archer, Johnny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Joss Butler, Sam Curran, Joe Denley, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Ollie Stone, Chris Wakes.

First test: August 1-5, Edgbaston

Match Match: Australians vs. Worcestershire, 7-9 August

Second test: August 14-18, Lord

Third Test: August 22-26, Hedingy

Match Match: Australians vs. Derbyshire, August 29-31

Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford

The fifth test: September 12-16, Oval

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