ENG vs IRE: Bazball's New Season's Quest Begins As Playing XI Announced For One-Off Test
England Cricket Team (Source: Twitter/ECB)
The much-hyped Ashes is around the corner for the English team but before that, they would be going up against the Ireland side in a one-off Test that would be played at the Lord's from the 1st of June. As the Ben Stokes-led side looks for their options before the marquee series, they have named their playing XI for the curtain-raiser game.
The team has named pacer Josh Tongue in the XI who will make his debut after doing well for Worcestershire whereas veteran seamer James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood have been rested. To accompany the youngster, Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts have been drafted in to utilise the conditions alongside Stokes if he is available to bowl.
Further, Jofra Archer and Olly Stone are already out of contention for the summer which makes Tongue's job a little more vital.
To the surprise of many, pacer Chris Woakes has been excluded from the side after it was mentioned that he's likely to find his place.
Moreover, the return of the last year's hero Jonny Bairstow who got injured in a freak accident is a huge blessing for the Brendon McCullum-coached side.
It would be interesting to see how the likes of Joe Root and Harry Brook turn up against the Irish side at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord's.
England's Playing XI for Ireland Test:
Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts, Josh Tongue (Debut), Jack Leach.