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England squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

England have confirmed a near full-strength squad will travel to Australia for this summer's Ashes series, but Ben Stokes remains on indefinite leave, missing a second successive Ashes tour.

Stokes and Jofra Archer (elbow) are the two biggest names missing from the 17-player squad that has not seen any players withdraw because of COVID or quarantine concerns.

The squad announcement comes after the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement last Friday to signal the five-Test Vodafone Ashes series would begin as scheduled in Brisbane on December 8.

Joe Root will captain a squad that includes all of Jos Buttler, the vice-captain, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and Mark Wood, who were among those whose participation was at one stage far from certain.

That group are all currently with England's T20 World Cup squad in Oman where they have set up their pre-tournament base, and will spend a month away before heading to the Ashes.

"A tour of Australia is the pinnacle as an England Test cricketer. I am delighted that all of our available players have committed to the tour," said England head coach and selector, Chris Silverwood.

"More than half of our squad haven't featured in an Ashes tour before, which means we will be fresh and looking to embrace the cricket and the excitement of touring one of the best places in the world."

England have stuck with Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley as top-order options with Malan, Root, Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence, alongside wicketkeeper-batters Bairstow and Buttler in the middle order.

With Moeen Ali recently retired from Test cricket, Jack Leach and Dom Bess will take up two spinning places.

Veteran seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been included to head up the seam ranks for what may well be their Ashes swansong.

It will be the fifth Ashes tour for the 39-year-old Anderson, and fourth for the 35-year-old Broad. The pair have 1,156 Test wickets between them.

Broad was said to be making "excellent progress" in recovering from a torn right calf muscle and will return to bowling next week.

The seam-bowling support will come from Woakes, Wood, Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson.

Allrounder Sam Curran has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back and faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines. He was forced to pull out of the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup with the issue.

"I believe we have selected a well-balanced squad with options in all areas and a blend of youth and experience," Silverwood added.

"There is real competition for places and a genuine desire to work hard and compete, aiming to create some history.

"We are under no illusions about how difficult the task is going to be. Australia have been strong at home in the past, and there is an expectation on them to win this series.

"However, from our point of view, there is genuine excitement and belief that we can do something special.

"Both teams are in similar positions in the Test world rankings. For that reason, it should be a compelling series. We can enjoy the build-up to the tour, get out there, and prepare well ahead of the first Test in Brisbane."

England have won just one of their past nine Test matches, including losing three of their six completed Tests on home soil in 2021, but will bring a battle hardened team.

Australia have not played Test cricket since last summer, when they lost the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 at home.

The England Lions squad, which is due to travel in parallel with the Ashes tour and which could have major implications for the KFC BBL's roster of international recruits, is set to be named next week.

Five of the eight BBL clubs so far have named England players in contention for Lions selection.

"Having the Lions with the Ashes squad will be integral to our build-up," said Silverwood. "The extended group of players will be with us before the first Test.

"We will play two competitive warm-up games amongst both squads to give us the match practice we need as part of our build-up.

"It's an excellent opportunity to connect the Lions into the England environment and gain a good understanding of what is required to play at the highest level."

England's Test specialists and the Lions squad are set to depart, subject to conditions being granted, on November 4, and the players from the T20 World Cup squad will join after that tournament, which is scheduled to be completed on November 14.

Source: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/eng...rson-broad-buttler-stokes-bairstow/2021-10-10
 

Sproj

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I imagine their first choice side will be:

1. Burns
2. Hameed
3. Malan
4. Root (c)
5. Pope
6. Bairstow
7. Buttler
8. Bess
9. Overton
10. Wood
11. Anderson
 

Browny

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Anderson the worry in that attack. No Broad and Joffra who tend to turn it on against us.
 

Sproj

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Anderson the worry in that attack. No Broad and Joffra who tend to turn it on against us.

It is in Australia though and the England medium pacers have always struggled without the swinging ball here. Joffra is the big out for them and Stokes too. Anderson has never really been successful here, Broad can get it right from time to time but age is catching up with him now it seems. Wood will likely be the threat.
 

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Pucovski rumoured to be knocked out again in the nets.

Haven’t been able to verify.
 

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Joe Root will need to average about 80 for that side to be competitive, he might average that with ball in hand but that's about it

Anderson won't play 5 tests, they use him when conditions suit, probably play the day/night test and one other (conditions pending). Then again this could be his farewell so he might go until his body breaks
 

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Who comes in? Surely Harris has been found wanting too many times? Do you go Street or throw Ward in to get slaughtered on the back of two good innings on an absolute road?
 

Fernando

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WTF. Chances of him having a long test career are fast approaching zero, sadly.
 

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This poor dude he looks to be bloody good too!
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I tell you what, if the selectors are serious and want a left arm bowler, Paris can’t do much more. Excellent record, he’s started the season on fire and is a more than handy bat.
 

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George Bailey says that Harris & Warner are pretty much locked in to be the openers for the first test, given how little cricket Pucovski has played and the ongoing concussion isues.

So you can probably pencil in this side for the Gabba on December 8th -

1. Marcus Harris
2. David Warner
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Steve Smith
5. Travis Head
6. Cameron Green
7. Tim Paine (c)
8. Pat Cummins
9. Mitchell Starc
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood

Only one who is interchangeable is probably Travis Head, but Usman seems to have burned his bridges with Justin Langer, so I can't see him getting the nod again - and Matthew Wade obviously hasn't been playing Shield, nor is he in good form.
 

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George Bailey says that Harris & Warner are pretty much locked in to be the openers for the first test, given how little cricket Pucovski has played and the ongoing concussion isues.

So you can probably pencil in this side for the Gabba on December 8th -

1. Marcus Harris
2. David Warner
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Steve Smith
5. Travis Head
6. Cameron Green
7. Tim Paine (c)
8. Pat Cummins
9. Mitchell Starc
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood

Only one who is interchangeable is probably Travis Head, but Usman seems to have burned his bridges with Justin Langer, so I can't see him getting the nod again - and Matthew Wade obviously hasn't been playing Shield, nor is he in good form.

Harris is frustrating gets to 25 - 30 and he`s gonski .
Looking fwd to seeing Green with bat and ball . He looked promising last I saw him .
 

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I tell you what, if the selectors are serious and want a left arm bowler, Paris can’t do much more. Excellent record, he’s started the season on fire and is a more than handy bat.
But they don’t… our bowling lineup isn’t changing
 

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But they don’t… our bowling lineup isn’t changing

Yeah I know.

Also, Harris was always going to be the opener unfortunately. I really hope he does well he does screams decent state cricketer, can't hack it at international level, a version of Jacques Rudolph if you will.
 

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Yeah I know.

Also, Harris was always going to be the opener unfortunately. I really hope he does well he does screams decent state cricketer, can't hack it at international level, a version of Jacques Rudolph if you will.
I just don’t get it, we are trying to win the ashes and we got a bloke who is playing well in the shield and has proven he can score hundreds in the test arena but we pick the man who can’t make a 50 is super inconsistent and isn’t that young to at least claim the development card. It’s a pile of shit. Considering Warner can’t face Broad or England in general we are basically giving them 2 wickets straight up every innings.
 

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Harris is frustrating gets to 25 - 30 and he`s gonski .
Looking fwd to seeing Green with bat and ball . He looked promising last I saw him .
Get the sense this year could be the making of Green.

Excellent form in the shield last year leading to test debut and some decent showings to suggest he's got something there to work with.

Comes into this year no longer under the radar and a pretty important player for WA, and has been in great form again.

Suggests that he has the temperament to handle the pressure and keep doing his thing.

It's got the feeling that he could have a big summer this year... would love to see him become good enough that he takes the no. 5, because what a middle order that would be.

3. Marnus
4. Smith
5. Green
 

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