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England selects Josh Tongue for the second Test against Australia in 2023.

Tongue, 25, replaces off-spinner Moeen Ali in the lone change from the lineup that lost the first Test at Edgbaston.

Moeen was questionable due to a cut on his spinning finger, but he bowled in the nets on Monday and was cleared to play.

Tongue made his Test debut earlier this month against Ireland at Lord’s, taking 5-66 in the second innings.

He was chosen over Mark Wood, who was thought to need another week to be fully match fit – the third Test being on July 6 at Headingley.

Without Moeen, Joe Root will be responsible for spin, having taken one wicket with his off-breaks at Edgbaston.

Root bowled more overs than Moeen in the second innings as the Warwickshire man nursed his finger.

After regular frontline spinner Jack Leach suffered a stress fracture in his back, Moeen, 36, came out of Test retirement to participate in the Ashes.

Since Ben Stokes took over as captain at the start of last summer, Leach has been a constant in the England lineup, and this will be England’s first Test without a frontline spinner under Stokes.

Crawley, Duckett, Pope, Root, Brook, Stokes, Bairstow, Broad, Robinson, Tongue, Anderson are the England XI.


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