Ashes: England engaged in solving ‘puzzle’ of playing XI before Lord’s Test, will ‘trump card’ get a chance?


Moeen Ali doubtful due to finger injury
Either of Woakes or Wood can get a chance in his place

New Delhi. Ashes-2023: In the first Test of the Ashes series, England (England vs Australia), who suffered the injury of the defeat at the hands of Australia, has an important challenge to solve the playing XI before the second Test. The second Test will be played at Lord’s ground from Wednesday. The trouble for the hosts is that all-rounder Moeen Ali is doubtful due to a finger injury. James Anderson, who proved to be mediocre as a bowler in the first Test at Edgbaston, should be kept in the team. Or should any other bowler be given place in his place, this question is also before the host team.

Australia have currently taken a 1-0 lead in the series, in such a situation, England will try to win by ‘counterattacking’ on Lord’s fast bowling friendly pitch.

In place of Moin Ali, the England team management can give a place to either Mark Wood or Chris Woakes, who throws the ball at a good pace. In this situation, only ‘part-timer’ Joe Root will be available with the team as a spinner. The prospects for Vox are believed to be bright because they provide balance to the team with their batting as well. Apart from this, his bowling record at Lord’s ground is also good. Woakes has played five Tests at Lord’s so far and has taken 27 wickets at an average of 11.33. At his favorite ground, he has taken five or more wickets in an innings thrice and 10 or more wickets in a match once.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain is in favor of giving Wood a place in the playing XI in view of his performance in the Ashes series 2021-22. In this series, Mark Wood took the maximum 17 wickets from England in four tests. Nasir said, ‘He (Wood) can be taken in place of Moin in the team. Root has to be used as a spinner.

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