Ashes 2019: Nasser Hussain's England playing XI for the first Ashes Test is full of surprises

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has made some interesting selections to his playing XI for the first Ashes Test to be played at Birmingham on 1st August. Tap to find out
Ashes 2019: Nasser Hussain's England playing XI for the first Ashes Test is full of surprisesAshes 2019: Nasser Hussain's England playing XI for the first Ashes Test is full of surprises
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Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has picked his squad for the first Ashes test at Birmingham which would commence on first of August. In his side, he would want swashbuckling opener Jason Roy to bat in the middle-order as he felt that it would provide the Englishmen a better balance to tackle the mighty pace attack of the Aussies.

He said, "I would go with a different top three. I would bat Joe Root at three and look to have Roy coming in at four or five. There is a difference between red-ball and white-ball cricket and Alastair Cook has said the red Dukes ball has done more in England over the last couple of years than at any time in his career."

"I have no problem with Roy opening because everyone wants to bat in the middle-order and Root doesn't want to move from four. There is no doubting Roy's ability and he could well come off."

The former England skipper also questioned the timing of the Test to be played against Ireland at Lord's. He said, "I do find the schedule wrong. Of all you the years you could give Ireland a Test at Lord's, they choose this one and put it between a World Cup and the Ashes and I do worry about the burn-out. I remember Jos Buttler at the end of the 2015 Ashes and he was absolutely exhausted. Maybe the adrenaline will keep the going but boy does the Ashes take a lot out of you. At least this is an opportunity to get some red-ball practice and the modern cricketer does flit easily from one format to the other."

Nasser Hussain's Playing XI for the first Ashes Test: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

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