England names unchanged lineup for first two Ash tests

Tong was originally included in the lineup after injuries to James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, who were sidelined for the test in Ireland, but they are expected to be ready for Australia when the first test begins at Edgbaston on June 16.

Worcestershire seamer Tong took three wickets on day two as England claimed a convincing victory over Ireland at Lord’s in the only warm-up Test before Ashes.

England have concerns about the fitness of their captain Ben Stokes, who has a long-standing knee problem and was in obvious pain after catching the ball to bat off Ireland’s Curtis Camper on Saturday.

England squad: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Johnny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zach Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tong, Chris Walks, Mark Wood.

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