England release Moeen Ali, Jamie Porter from Test squad
While they miss the action at Edgabston , they will be honoring duties for their leagues at the T20 Blast
England announced their playing XI on the eve of the first Test. Pacer Jamie Porter and off-spinner Moeen Ali who were included in the 13-man squad didn’t fit the combination they poted for. As they were to be on the bench the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has released both the players from the squad in order for them to participate in the T20 Blast. Thus, they will remain in action for their respective teams.
While Moeen represents Worcestershire in the T20 Blast, Jamie Porter will play for Essex. Essex are lined up to play Kent and Somerset on consecutive days while Worcestershire play Durham and Nottinghamshire. Hence, while they miss the action at Edgbaston for the national team, they will be honouring duties for their counties in the T20 tournament.
Rashid ahead of Moeen
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick among the two spinners for the first Test. While Moeen has been a part of the regular setup, Rashid is going to make his first ever test appearance in more than 18 months. As for Jamie Porter, he was rewarded a place in the squad owing to his phenomenal performance in Essex’ victorious campaign in the County Championship. The pacer took a stupendous 75 wickets at an average of just 16. All rounder Sam Curran was preferred above him.
The T20 Blast on the other hand has been taking place in full swing. Lancashire and Kent are the table toppers of their respective groups. Worcestershire are at the second position of the points table in the North Group. However, from the South Group, Essex have been lying at the bottom of the pile with just one victory so far.
Essex will be hoping that Porter’s inclusion changes their fortunes or else it’s all but over. Moeen’s presence will be a timely boost for Worcestershire. He is also the captain of the team that has international stars like Travis Head.