Johnny Bairstow returns to England’s test squad, Archer drops out of the Ashes

Goalkeeper Ben Foakes has been sidelined to replace Bairstow in a four-day game against Ireland at Lord’s since June 1.

Rob Key, managing director of the England men’s cricket team, spoke out about it and said: It was a very difficult decision to leave Ben Foakes out of the squad.

He has been excellent for England in the last year, but Jonny Bairstow is one of the best players in the world whose performances last summer epitomized what we do, he said in a statement.

Bairstow can be a devastating batter who can score quickly and fluently, and he will hope to continue his good form in the Ashes.

Bairstow made his Test debut for England in 2012 and has since played 72 Tests, scoring 4,133 runs at an average of 35.36. In Test cricket, he has 11 milestones and 19 half-centuries to his credit. Bairstow’s best Test score is 151, which he made in a match against New Zealand in 2019.

Meanwhile, Archer, who is out until the end of the summer, spent 17 months on the sidelines after elbow and back injuries before returning to international cricket in January.

The 28-year-old played five matches for the Mumbai Indians before a nagging injury ended his performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last week.

The series against Australia begins in Edgbaston on June 16.

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

(From Reuters)

(From Reuters)

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