England favours experienced Broad over Wood for 1st Ashes Test against Australia

England favored Stuart Broad`s experience over Mark Wood`s raw pace for the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston after naming its team two days early in a show of confidence on Wednesday.

With James Anderson and Ollie Robinson healthy enough to return to the team after resting injury niggles in the recent one-off test against Ireland at Lord`s, there was just one spot left in the seam attack for the series opener against Australia on Friday.

Wood, England`s quickest bowler, was edged out by Broad, who led the attack impressively against the Irish and whose record of 162 caps and 582 wickets is bettered only by Anderson.

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Broad`s selection guarantees another chapter in his rivalry with Australia opener David Warner, who was dismissed by Broad seven times in 10 innings in the 2019 Ashes.

Moeen Ali will slot straight in at No. 8 and as the spin option after coming out of retirement following an injury to Jack Leach.

Opener Ben Duckett and No. 5 Harry Brook are the only players in the England team to be making their Ashes debuts in Birmingham, while Broad and Anderson have both taken the field 35 times against Australia.

(With AP inputs)

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