Hussain has not picked Archer -- who was England’s leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded World Cup - in his playing XI. Archer, who defended 15 runs in the Super Over to help England win its maiden men’s World Cup title, is expected to be handed his maiden Test call-up by England for the much-anticipated Ashes series.
Hussain feels there should be specialist openers in Test cricket and that’s why Jason Roy could be drafted in the middle-order despite doing so well at the top in limited-over formats. “I would go with a different top three,” Hussain said. “I would bat Joe Root at three and look to have Roy coming in at four or five.”
“There is a difference between red-ball and white-ball cricket and Alastair Cook has said the red Dukes ball has done more in England over the last couple of years than at any time in his career.
“I have no problem with Roy opening because everyone wants to bat in the middle order and Root doesn’t want to move from four. There is no doubting Roy’s ability and he could well come off,” he added.
Hussain’s England XI for first Ashes Test: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (C), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson