Jofra Archer not included in side for first Ashes Test at Edgbaston as James Anderson returns

James Anderson has recovered from his calf injury to return to the side that will take to the field in Birmingham on Thursday for the first game in the five-match Test series


England bowler Jofra Archer has been left out of the side for the first Ashes Test match at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The 24-year-old World Cup winner has been nursing a sore side since the final, but declared himself fit after returning from a break in the Caribbean after his side's triumph.

However, Trevor Bayliss admitted that Archer would still be assessed and the decision has been taken not to involve the fast bowler in Birmingham.

Fellow quick James Anderson however has recovered from a calf injury and will join Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes in the pace attack, but allrounder Sam Curran has also missed out on a place despite impressing against Ireland.

In the batting department, Rory Burns and Jason Roy will continue their partnership at the top of the order, with the latter impressing in the second innings against Ireland at Lord's.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes slot in at no.5 and 6 respectively after returning from their post-World Cup break, while Joe Denly yesterday confirmed on Tuesday that he would bat at four and Joe Root would bat one place above.

England side to play Australia at Edgbaston

Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

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