James Anderson He will be in England’s first Test squad of the summer despite a groin injury that kept him off the pitch for Lancashire last week.

Alarm bells began to ring when the country’s record goalkeeper sat down in the final three days of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Somerset. England and Wales Cricket Board He confirmed over the weekend that the sailor had “a slight tension in his right groin”.

England will announce their grouping for the Test against Ireland on Tuesday morning and will not risk Anderson’s fitness when it comes to team selection, though the 40-year-old is expected to be included.

Anderson will continue to be evaluated, but a decision on his participation in the Lord’s curtain lifter, which will take place from June 1-4, which functions as England’s only competitive Ashes warm-up, will not be made until then.

Zak Crawley will also be hoping that a selection panel convened by cricket director Rob Key will keep his faith. Old England versatile Luke Wright first time involved, joined the captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.

Crawley’s place has been frequently scrutinized, and his batting average of 27.60 in 33 Tests makes him vulnerable, but he was given a long leash due to his high ceiling and ability to set a free-flowing pace at the top of the layout. A 170 shot in the early season for Kent was proof of his advantage, but his lack of consistency comes through with an average of 38.88 over nine innings.

Stokes himself was touted as a potential replacement in the opener, a high-risk move that would represent a profound role change for the captain. Still, there are ongoing concerns about his all-round preferred job.

After a long-standing left knee injury flared up during his tour of New Zealand in February, Stokes spoke of his disappointment at not being able to deliver as the side’s fourth sailor and his desperation to get Ashes back in time at full capacity.

But the time she spent with him Chennai Super Kings inside Indian Premier League He proved that he had tried for the franchise by playing only twice and sending it alone at the expense of 18 rounds. The 31-year-old later caught a toe problem and another unspecified “mishap,” and was subsequently sidelined.

CSK opted for another British all-rounder, Moeen Alifor his contribution as an off-spinner, but head coach Stephen Fleming has shed more light on the subject.

Speaking after his side’s loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, the New Zealander suggested that Stokes’ sailors are not an option at the moment and are instead seen as an expert hitter ahead of the final group stage match.

“Ben’s ability to bowl right now is still a bit of a challenge, but he’s there as that batting cap,” Fleming said.

“But since Moeen bowled well in good conditions – we’re going to the spinning Delhi (next) – we think the balance of the side is just right. We’re second at the table, so it’s not our style to cut and swap just because we lost where things weren’t going our way.”

jonny bairstow He’ll be back in England about 10 months after he broke his leg in three places during a freak accident on a golf course. Bairstow was England’s star player in 2022 and at one stage crushed four centuries in five circuits to give the new regime an exciting, winning start.

Stokes and McCullum have previously suggested that he will sideline when appropriate, but speculation about his role remains. With Harry Brook’s success since replacing his Yorkshire friend at number five, he could compete with Harry Brook. Ben Foakes for concierge gloves.

England would be reluctant to give up on a man they thought was the purest glove player in the world and a man they thought had a fixed influence at number seven, and would tend to delay the final decision by taking both Foakes and Bairstow to Lord’s.

England’s speed unit Stuart Broad should look familiar to Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood, while Jofra Archer’s ongoing elbow complaint and Olly Stone’s hamstring problem take them out of the equation.

Durham fast Matthew Potts takes his name by 24 wickets at 22.50 in the Second Division as he missed a place over the winter, while Chris Woakes could also take the call 14 months after his final Test appearance.

The Warwickshire man has missed the entire 2022 home season due to injury and has yet to play since Stokes and McCullum took the reins, but he has a good record in English conditions and can bolster low grade kicks.