Archer set for Test debut

London, Aug 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/10/2019 12:18:48 PM IST

Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut for England at Lord’s next week but out-of-form Moeen Ali will play no part after being dropped for the second Ashes Test.

Archer missed the home side’s 251-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston after sustaining a side strain during the Cricket World Cup but has convinced the selectors he’s ready to play after picking up seven wickets and hitting a century for Sussex’s second XI against Gloucestershire.

Somerset spinner Jack Leach is also included in a 12-man squad but Ali loses his spot after taking match figures of 3-172 against Australia and scoring just four runs.

Left-armer Leach missed out on selection for the first Test after bowling just three overs in last month’s Test win over Ireland - a match in which he also hit 92 as nightwatchman - but now gets the chance to add to the 20 wickets he has taken in his five Test matches so far.

Barbados-born Archer’s return to full fitness is timely after fellow seamer James Anderson limped out of the opening Test of the five-match series with just four overs under his belt due to a calf problem.

England’s seam attack, already weakened after Mark Wood was ruled out of the entire series with knee injuries, was further depleted this week when Warwickshire’s Olly Stone sustained an ankle injury.

Left-arm seamer Sam Curran retains his place in the squad, as does Joe Denly, whose spot has come under scrutiny after scoring 18 and 11 in the first Test at number four.


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