Ashes 2023: Rehan Ahmed added to England squad as cover for injured Moeen Ali

England have added the 18-year-old leg spinner Rehan Ahmed to the Ashes squad ahead of the second Test at Lord’s. The Leicestershire spinner, who made his international debut last year, has been drafted into the squad as a cover for the injured Moeen Ali.

England’s chances of reclaiming the Ashes took a massive hit during the first Test at Edgbaston when veteran all-rounder Moeen Ali sustained blisters on his spinning finger. The off-spinner struggled to control the ball due to his injury, handicapping England’s bowling unit on a spinning track at Edgbaston

Even though England coach Brendon McCullum was positive about Moeen Ali’s recovery ahead of the second Test, they have added prodigious leggie Rehan Ahmed to the squad. The 18-year-old bowling all-rounder made his Test debut for England against Pakistan last year, returning with a memorable five-for on debut.