Cape Town - Jofra Archer is in line to make his
Test debut in the second Ashes Test at Lord's against Australia while
Moeen Ali has been dropped from the home team's squad.
The Barbados-born Archer missed the 251-run defeat in the first Test
at Edgbaston after sustaining a side strain during the World Cup.
However, he has
convinced the selectors he's ready to play after picking up seven
wickets and hitting a century for Sussex's second XI against
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach has replaced Moeen in the 12-man squad
with the latter losing his place after match figures of 3-172 and
scoring just four runs in the first Test.
Archer's return to full fitness is timely after seamer James Anderson
limped out of the game in Birmingham with just four overs under his
belt due to a calf problem.
With Mark Wood and Olly Stone also ruled out through injury it is
almost certain Archer will make his maiden appearance in the Test
Batsman Joe Denly has been given another chance to show what he can
do after scoring only 18 and 11 in the first Test batting at number
The second Ashes Test starts at Lord's on Wednesday.
England squad for second Ashes Test:
(captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos
Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris