Explained: Why England have picked Stuart Broad over Mark Wood for the first Ashes Test

Explained: Why England have picked Stuart Broad over Mark Wood for the first Ashes Test

With the first Ashes Test set to start tomorrow (June 16) at Edgbaston, England have already named their XI to take to the field, and the one decision that has puzzled some is why England have chosen Stuart Broad over Mark Wood.

This might seem a strange question to raise given that Broad is England’s second most successful Test bowler in history. Wood is also a bowler with a patchy injury track record at best, and he has not played a great deal of red-ball cricket in recent times.

However, there are several factors at play here. Ben Stokes stated his desire for fast, flat wickets ahead of this Ashes series, conditions in which Wood’s extra pace could be key. Given the hot weather in England recently and the historical record of Edgbaston to favour batters, it might have made sense to utilise the X-fa

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