Ashes 2019 | England Drop Moeen Ali, Pick Jack Leach for Second Test

Charlie Morris also made a half-century for Worcestershire

Charlie Morris also made a half-century for Worcestershire

Jofra Archer and Jack Leach have been named in a 12-man England squad for the second Ashes Test, with Moeen Ali dropped, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Archer replaces the injured Jimmy Anderson and will be expected to provide the extra pace that was so lacking for England in their heavy first Test defeat at Edgbaston after Mark Wood had also been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee and side injuries.

Ali displayed a very poor form in the first Ashes Test, played at Edgbaston, as he was bowled on a duck in the first inning and managed to score just four runs in the second inning. Moeen returned with the disappointing figures of 3/172 in the series opener when his counterpart Nathan Lyon picked nine wickets in the same Test. Jofra Archer has also recovered from his side strain and proved his fitness by playing for the Sussex Second XI where he picked six wickets and then scored a century as well.

"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".

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Left-arm seamer Sam Curran retains his place in the squad, as does Joe Denly, whose spot has come under scrutiny after scoring 18 and 11 in the first Test at number four.

While Moeen has been a valuable contributor for England since his debut in 2014, his career has not been without its ups and downs.

Despite failing with the bat, Ali's performance with the bowl was not that bad. On the fourth day, with England hoping to limit Australia's lead, Moeen was ruthlessly milked as Steven Smith went on to record his second century in the match. Rory Burns did enjoy success, scoring his maiden Test ton, while Joe Root made 57 and 28 after moving up the order to No. 3.

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