AUS vs ENG LIVE – Ashes LIVE, No place for Stuart Broad: One of the highest England wicket-taker against Australia – Stuart Broad could not find place in the England Playing XI for the opening Ashes Test. Instead, Joe Root picked Jack Leach with Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes to lead the pace attack. The decision shocked the Australian greats Allan Border, Shane Warne & cricket fans: Follow Ashes 2021 LIVE UPDATES on InsideSport.IN
The move leaves England without 1156 Test wickets of experience with their two greatest pace bowlers Anderson (632) and Broad (524) on the sidelines.
Joe Root has won the toss and England have elected to bat in the first #Ashes Test at the Gabba!
— ICC (@ICC) December 7, 2021
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach
Ashes England Playing XI – England Probable Playing XI for Brisbane, Gabba Test
Australian legend Allan Border is completely shocked with the England decision.
“It is a huge gamble,” Border said on Fox Cricket.
“I’m standing here with overcast skies and it is quite humid. We have got a grassy pitch out in the middle there.
“We saw what happened in the last series in England when Broad was all over David Warner so if he doesn’t play there will be a big smile on David Warner’s face that’s for sure.”
Shane Warne echoed Border’s sentiments after Broad was left out in favour of Leach.
“Australia lost the first Test at The Gabba for the first time in 30 years last year,” Warne said.
“I would have been hitting them right between the eyes with Anderson and Broad.
“Unfortunately they have decided to rest them.”
“I am shocked actually because the first Test is so important with the momentum and getting off to a good start,” Mark Waugh added.
“These two guys 1156 wickets between them. You think one of the two would play. Now none of them are playing. That is a big call to make by the selectors.”
- Rory Burns,
- Hameed Hameed,
- Dawid Malan,
- Joe Root (capt),
- Ben Stokes,
- Ollie Pope,
- Jos Buttler (wkt),
- Chris Woakes,
- Mark Wood,
- Jack Leach,
- Ollie Robinson
- Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed will open England innings against Australia. The duo had scored a couple of half-centuries against India in the home series earlier this year.
- Dawid Malan will have to prove himself after managing just alone 50+ innings against India at home.
- Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler make part of formidable middle-order.
- England chose Jack Leach ahead of Stuart Broad in the playing XI
- Mark Wood is favourites to join experienced Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes in the bowling department.
England squad for Ashes tour: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
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