Ashes 2019: Moeen Ali dropped; Jofra Archer, Jack Leach named in 12-man England squad for second Test
Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut for England at Lord's. © AFP

Moeen Ali was dropped from England‘s squad for the second Ashes Test while Jofra Archer and Jack Leach were called-up as the selectors named the 12-man squad on Friday.

In the absence of injured James Anderson, Archer looks set to make his Test debut at Lord’s. He proved his fitness in the second XI match for Sussex against Gloucestershire’s second XI with a century and a six-fer.

England’s World Cup hero will be partnering with Stuart Broad when he gets first taste of red-ball cricket at the highest level.


Joe Denly has kept his place despite poor returns in the previous two Tests. The batting all-rounder scored 33 runs against Ireland and 29 runs against Australia in 1st Ashes Test.

Sam Curran, who missed out on a place in the playing XI, is also expected to walk into the playing XI at the cost of Moeen, who is going through a lean period with bat and ball.

After a duck and 9 against Ireland, the 32-year-old could just manage a total of four runs in the first Test. In Australia’s second innings, Ali went for 130 runs for his two wickets in 29 overs.

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Australia conquered England in the first Ashes Test at Birmingham. Comeback man Steve Smith, playing his first Test since the infamous Newlands Test, led the charge with twin centuries also becoming the eighth batsman to score centuries in each innings of an Ashes Test.

England squad for the second Test:

Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes