England has decided to drop the spin-bowling all-rounder, Moeen Ali, for the second Ashes test which is due to start from 14th of this month at Lords. Another spinner, Jack Leach replaces him. England has made this very important decision, maybe at the very right time. The slow left-arm spinner, Jack Leach, may add variety to the English bowling line up.
Moeen Ali had a poor show both with the ball and with the bat in the first Ashes Test. He picked up three wickets while conceding 172 runs. He scored only four runs with the bat. England lost the first Ashes Test by a huge margin of 251 runs.
Jack Leach to feature in second Ashes Test at Lords
Jofra Archer is likely to make his test match debut as Jimmy Anderson is out with an injury. Jofra Archer was selected in the squad for Ashes but wasn’t induced in the playing eleven of the first test, allowing him to make recovery from a side strain. Now his inclusion seems certain because the premium English fast bowler is out with an injury.
Meanwhile, Leach could become the trump card for England in the second Ashes Test. He has played five test matches till now; he was declared the man of the match of his mammoth innings of 92 against Ireland at Lords, a couple of weeks ago. Playing against Australia shall be a different ball game, but the all-rounder may surprise the Australian batsmen with some unique and differential stuff.
The second test will begin at Lords, London, from 14th of this month. Australia is one-nil up in the series of five tests. Australia beat England by 251 runs at Birmingham.
The Ashes has a long history. The first Ashes test (series) was won by Australia in England. Then England came on to win the next eight series in succession.
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