Jofra Archer named in England’s squad for Ashes opener

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    Jofra Archer is in line to make his Test debut, after being named in England’s 14-man squad to face Australia in the first Ashes match.

    Ben Stokes has been re-appointed England vice-captain, while Olly Stone was named in the squad as a fast-bowling option and Joe Denly was also included.

    Archer’s selection  is the latest part of a whirlwind summer which saw him play his first international match in May and lift the World Cup trophy with England.

    He also took 20 World Cup wickets in the tournament (a record for an England bowler) and bowled the dramatic tied Super Over that enabled the hosts to win the title on boundaries.

    According to ESPN Cricinfo, National Selector Ed Smith said while it was unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there were “compelling reasons” to do so in this case, given the demands of the recent World Cup campaign.

    England squad for first Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.