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Leach called up as England omit Ali for second Test

9th August 2019, 16:07 by Chris Rivers

England have left Moeen Ali out of their 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia with Jack Leach set to replace him.

Worcestershire all-rounder Ali struggled with both the bat and the ball in the first Test at Edgbaston, finishing with bowling figures of 3-172, while he contributed just four to England's total.

Having scored a combined total of 26 runs in his last five innings for England, the axe has fallen on the 32-year-old with left-arm spinner Leach handed his spot.

Leach has only played in five Tests and didn't get the chance to impress with the ball in last month's Test against Ireland, bowling just three overs. However, he has previously taken 20 wickets for the Three Lions, while he made 92 as a nightwatchman in the clash with Ireland.

Leach could come into the team with Jofra Archer, who was left out of the 251-run loss to Australia at Edgbaston last week but looks set to make his Test debut at Lord's after impressing for the Sussex second XI this week.

He took 6-27 and hit a 99-ball century against a Gloucestershire team and is expected to replace the injured James Anderson, who suffered a calf issue in just the fourth over of the Ashes opener.

Sam Curran has also been included in the 12-man squad for the Lord's encounter, which gets underway on August 14.

England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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