England has called up leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed for the second Ashes Test.
Rehan Ahmed of Leicestershire has been named to England’s men’s squad for the second Ashes Test.
Ahmed, 18, made his Test debut last winter, taking seven wickets against Pakistan in Karachi.
He has been called up to replace spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, who suffered a finger injury in the first Test, which Australia won by two wickets.
The second Test at Lord’s begins on Wednesday, June 28th.
Ahmed will join the rest of the squad in London this weekend. The squad has grown to 17, with no players dropping out after the first Test at Edgbaston.
His selection comes amid concerns over Moeen Ali’s fitness, who returned to Test cricket after Jack Leach was ruled out with a back injury.
Moeen developed a finger blister at Edgbaston, causing him to bowl much less in the second innings than England would have preferred.
‘England, keep creating disruption, but please pick your moments,’ says Jonathan Agnew.
At the age of 18 years and 126 days, Ahmed was the youngest English male cricketer to make his Test debut against Pakistan in December.
Ahmed got five wickets in Pakistan’s second innings, becoming the youngest male Test debutant to do so.
Ben Stokes (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood are the England squad for the second Test against Australia.