England is set to clash against Australia in the first test match of the Ashes Series. There will be a total of 5 test matches.
The cricket’s oldest rivalry is set to add another chapter to their history with team lead by World’s number 1 bowler( Pat Cummins, Australia) clashing against team lead by World’s number 1 batsman( Joe Root, England).
England will be lead by Joe Root and they have decided their 12-men for the first test at Gabba.
James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow are not included in the squad for the first test match.
England’s First Test Match Squad
England has announced his 12- men squad for the first test and made some changes that were shocker to the cricketing world.
The 12-men English squad for the first test include Joe Root (C), Broad, Burns, Buttler(WK), Hameed, Leach, Malan, Pope, Robinson, Stokes, Woakes, Wood.
Jonny Bairstow has not been included in the squad for the first test match. He has been replaced by Ollie Pope.
Jonny Bairstow is one of the active batsmen that has the most runs in Ashes during their active run.
Ollie Pope is an amazing batsman too but will he be the perfect and suitable replacement for Bairstow, will be known in the upcoming match.
James Anderson has been given rest for the first test. He earlier reported some issues in the calf but has been declared completely fit to play.
Anderson has been provided with rest so he can prepare and be more comfortable for the second test.
The Ashes series will be included under the criteria for the World Test Championship 2021-2023.
The five match series has been squeezed into just six week, so the team wants to give James Anderson the required rest.
Anderson’s record in Gabba doesn’t justify his name, he only has 7 wickets in the 4 test matches played there.
Ben Stokes is making his huge comeback in this match. He last played a test match in March and was on a break ever since.
His return will not only grant team the power but also the morale boost they need for the series.