Mystery lingers over England's Ashes team again

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England volition erstwhile again support punters - and Australia - guessing arsenic to the nonstop make-up of their XI for the 2nd Ashes Test.

Last week the tourists named a 12-man squad for the opening necktie of the series. They past dropped a bombshell connected crippled time by dropping Stuart Broad from that list, leaving him and chap gait large James Anderson sidelined astatine the Gabba.

This clip they've named some those bowlers successful a 12-man squad announced this evening, up of tomorrow's pink-ball Test astatine Adelaide Oval.

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But they are 2 of 5 specializer bowlers named, and 1 of those is expected to get the axe earlier the archetypal shot connected Thursday.

Root deed connected the caput during practice

Who that is, though, volition stay a enigma until the flip successful Adelaide.

Broad, Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and Chris Woakes are the specializer accelerated bowlers picked. Mark Wood has been near retired contempt being the lone England speedy surpassing 140km/h regularly astatine the Gabba.

The specializer spinner is Jack Leach. But helium is mightily nether the pump aft being belted by the Aussies successful Brisbane.

If Leach was near retired of the squad it would permission England with 5 accelerated bowlers - including all-rounder Ben Stokes - and skipper Joe Root an enactment to propulsion down immoderate off-spin to the Aussies.

Rory Burns retains his spot astatine the apical of the batting bid contempt a disastrous Gabba outing successful which helium was bowled by Mitchell Starc connected the archetypal shot of the series.

England squad for Adelaide: Joe Root (c), Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Australia XI for Adelaide: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon

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