England have dropped all-rounder Moeen Ali for next week’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s in London.
Ali’s last 10 innings, which have included four ducks, have yielded a mere 112 runs.
All-rounder Jofra Archer and spinner Jack Leach have been included in the 12-man squad, while fast bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone were overlooked due to injury.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and specialist batsman Joe Denly have been retained, despite failing in last week’s series opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham, where Australia took an early lead in the five-match series.
‘Somerset left-arm orthodox spinner Leach returns to the squad in place of Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen. Leach, who was player of the match the last time England played at Lord’s in victory over Ireland last month, is set to add to his five Test caps,’ read a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
‘Anderson (right calf) and Stone (back) miss out through injury. Both seamers were included in the squad for the first Test at Edgbaston. The squad will report to London on Sunday.’
Squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.