England have named the 17-strong squad for the upcoming Men’s Ashes in Australia, which is due to get underway on the 8th of December.
Due to concerns over bubble fatigue and Australia’s strict travel restrictions, there has been significant uncertainty about whether the latest edition of the greatest series in world cricket would go ahead but the ECB announced their approval late last week – subject to several critical conditions being met.
Chris Silverwood has now named his 17-strong squad for the five-match series down under, which will be led by captain Joe Root.
The full squad is as follows: Joe Root (Yorkshire) (c), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), and Mark Wood (Durham).
Stuart Broad has been selected and is making excellent progress in his rehabilitation from a calf issue but Jofra Archer (elbow) and Sam Curran (back) are both absent due to injury.
Likewise talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes is not part of the squad as he continues to take an indefinite break from cricket and to recover from finger surgery.
Silverwood revealed he was delighted that all of the available players had committed to the Ashes tour for what he labeled “the pinnacle as an England Test cricketer”.
He added: “This is why we play and coach to be involved in iconic series like this. 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.
“I believe we have selected a well-balanced squad with options in all areas and a blend of youth and experience. 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.
“Having the Lions with the Ashes squad will be integral to our build-up. 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.”
The England squad and the Lions touring party are set to travel to Australia on the 4th of November, with the multi-format players joining after the end of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later that month.
Silverwood’s side have a three-day and four-day warm-up match planned, the details of which will be revealed in due course.