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Archer ready for Ashes

27th July 2019, 18:28 by Jack Ogalbe

Jofra Archer has warned Australia that he is raring to go in Thursday's first Ashes Test after being named in the England squad.

The paceman looks set for his maiden Test appearance after starring for England in the recent World Cup victory, being handed the responsibility of bowling the 'Super-Over' in the final against New Zealand.

After a brief break, Archer was back in action on Friday and his 2-21 from four overs helped Sussex Sharks beat Surrey in the T20 Blast.

The 24-year-old has been managing a side strain but says he is ready for the opener with the Baggy Greens.

"I'm just ready to go out there and show the guys what I can do with a red ball," he said. "I think my red-ball record is better than my white-ball record, so I just can't wait to get the opportunity."

Jason Roy, who made 72 in the second innings against Ireland earlier this week, has been included alongside fellow opener Rory Burns and number three Joe Denly but there is no place for spinner Jack Leach despite his 92 as night-watchman at Lord's tipping the balance in the Three Lions favour.

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.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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