LONDON – All-rounder Moeen Ali has been left out of England's squad for the second Ashes test against Australia next week after a disappointing display during a crushing defeat in the opener.
As expected, fast bowler Jofra Archer was included in the 12 and looks poised to make his test debut in the absence of England's record wicket taker James Anderson.
The veteran Anderson injured his calf again on the first day of the opening test at Edgbaston which Australia won by 251 runs.
Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston and his exclusion means left-hander Jack Leach, who batted impressively as a night watchman against Ireland the week before, will likely take over England's spin bowling duties at Lord's.
Moeen has reached 50 only once in his last 16 test innings and has also struggled to make an impact with the ball in the previous series against Australia.