Star all-rounder player Moeen Ali has been dropped from 12-man England’s squad for second Ashes Test against Australia. This came after the painful 251-run defeat of hosting team England against Kangaroos at historic Edgbaston ground. Ali’s low-confidence performance in the last Test match prompted the team selectors to take this decision.
The 32-year-old off-spinner Moeen Ali played a very lame game in his last appearance which didn’t even match the expectations of the team selectors. He managed to earn 1/42 and 2/130 with the ball in 2019 Ashes’ opener while in the batting part he scored only four runs with a duck in first innings. Now, experienced left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been called by the England team selectors to replace renowned player Moeen Ali. During one-off Test against Ireland, Leach played the innings as nightwatchman and scored 92 runs with his bat in order to ensure his team’s win in that match.
Meanwhile, brilliant pacer Jofra Archer who already showed his prowess in recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 has also been named in the Ashes squad for the second Test. The popular right-arm fast bowler could replace James Anderson who has already been ruled out from the prestigious contest after a serious calf injury. After the departure of Anderson, a lot can be expected from Archer as he is going to make his Test debut from this Ashes series.
Both the arch-rivals will begin their second Ashes Test from August 14 till August 18th at Lord’s Cricket Stadium. When on one side England is looking forward to bounce back against the old-foe Aussies in the upcoming Test matches, Australia is hoping to maintain their dominance against the hosts at Lord’s as they are leading with 1-0 currently in Ashes series.
England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, and Chris Woakes
Australian squad for second Ashes Test: Tim Paine (captain), David Warner, Marcus Harris, Steve Smith, Jack Leach, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Peter Siddle