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Ashes 2019: England leave World Cup star Jofra Archer out of first Test vs Australia

England have announced their team for the first Ashes Test against Australia, with no place for World Cup hero Jofra Archer.

Barbados-born Archer, who is yet to play a Test, was England’s leading wicket-taker in their successful World Cup campaign but he must wait for his chance.

Archer’s remarkable rise to stardom hit new heights during the World Cup

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Archer’s remarkable rise to stardom hit new heights during the World Cup

He joins all-rounder Sam Curran and fellow quick Olly Stone in missing out, with senior seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad joined by Chris Woakes in the XI.

The top seven had already been settled, with the news captain Joe Root had asked for a return to the problematic number-three slot also removing any questions over the batting order.

That means the decision to delay Archer’s introduction to the red-ball format will garner most of the attention.


The side injury he picked up in the World Cup was originally expected to keep him sidelined for at least a couple of weeks, but he made a sooner-than-expected return for Sussex last week.

England responded by drafting him into a squad packed with fast-bowling options. In the end they have treated him with caution, retaining the Broad and Woakes axis which skittled Ireland for just 38 in the previous Test and adding in record wicket-taker Anderson, who turned 37 on Tuesday.


England XI: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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