By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:34 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 23:29 BST, 16 July 2019
England will wrestle with the quandary of how many World Cup heroes they can afford to rest on Wednesday before they name a scratch squad for their inaugural Test against Ireland.
The selectors will meet in Canterbury on Wednesday as attention quickly switches from the sensational culmination of the white-ball season to the red-ball challenges that begin with an Ashes training camp this weekend and then the historic date with Ireland.
It looks certain that three members of what could be England’s first-choice Ashes attack will all be missing, with Mark Wood’s side injury likely to rule him out of at least the first Test against Australia as well as next week’s four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s.
Stuart Broad is likely to play against Ireland in a bid to nail down a spot for the Ashes series
Jofra Archer, as revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday, will head to Barbados for a week of rest and recuperation after the World Cup that changed his life and may also not be seen again until the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
And even though Jimmy Anderson is making good progress after his calf injury, it seems unlikely England will risk him against Ireland and instead will keep him with them at Lord’s to carry on working on his fitness.
That means Stuart Broad, who suddenly faces a big threat to his Test place because of the emergence of Archer and the consistent pace of Wood, will get a chance against Ireland to prove he still has another big Ashes series in him.
Jimmy Anderson is recovering well from a calf injury but is unlikely to play against Ireland
Sam Curran, who made such a big impression last summer before struggling in overseas conditions, looks certain to join him after returning to form and fitness with England Lions against an Australia XI this week.