ECB announces 14 man squad for Ashes

Jofra Archer is one among many to be a part of the upcoming Ashes

July 28, 2019
Jofra Archer will make his Test debut. Photo: AFP

The 14-member squad to contest in the Ashes has been announced by The England and Wales Cricket Board earlier on Sunday.

After England’s successful World Cup campaign, fast bowler Jofra Archer received his first call to join the Test cricket squad.

The fast bowler took two wickets for 21 runs as part of the T20 Blast on Saturday in Sussex. Whilst suffering a problematic left side, he has yet to prove his fitness and will be under assessment during the five-day cricket at Edgbaston.

Ben Stokes had been previously been removed from his post as vice-captain after a getting involved in a fist-fight at Bristol however, has been re-elected as vice-captain for the Tests.

Olly Stones too has made the cut after the fast bowler took on an impressive three wickets in the first innings in the Tests against Ireland.

Jos Buttler and James Anderson too have been named in the squad after being benched during the Tests against Ireland.

However, Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach did not make the cut after their participation in the four-day match.

"Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here. Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket,” said National Selector Ed Smith.

"The wider circumstances - a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series - are unprecedented. It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open for the final team selection."