Well, choosing the best XI is always a tough job, as it needs a lot of calculations and the team balance to go with. The latest to take that task is the former English batsman, who turned into an analyst Nasser Hussain. He picked an interesting lineup with Jason Roy batting at the number 4 for the first Test against Australia.
The squad consists of 4 specialist batsmen, one wicket-keeper alongside four all-rounders. Yes, you read it right four all-rounders, who are exceptional for the country. A remaining couple of spots were left to the evergreen pace bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Joe Denly to open:
Hussain went with Rory Burns and Joe Denly to open the innings for the team. One can understand the place of Rory Burns, as he did well in the recent past. Meanwhile, it is a surprise to see Joe Denly at the top of the table in the batting lineup.
At number 3, he asked the skipper Joe Root to take the charge. Joe Root has always been fantastic for the team at that slot, as he can tackle the best bowling attacks in the business. At number 4, there comes the newbie Jason Roy, which is also a surprise. However, Roy bats at number 4 for Surrey in the red-ball format.
Following him, the all-rounder, who sealed a man of the match trophy Ben Stokes will come to the crease while the batting specialist Jos Buttler will be raring to go at number 6. He will be followed by the Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow while Moeen Ali takes the spin category.
The next player to take the number 3 bowling position is Chris Woakes, who is in a scintillating form. And finally, he finished the playing XI by adding Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who are must-have players for England.
Nasser Hussain England XI for 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, James Anderson.