England have named their 17-man squad to the ashes after the ECB gave the go-ahead for the tour of Australia following an agreement reached between the two nations on quarantine.
Several high-profile players raised their concerns about the upcoming tour, including captain Joe Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, but both are included in the squad for this summer’s tour.
Chris Silverwood has named the strongest team available to him, with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer missing as expected.
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When confirming his team, England head coach Chris Silverwood said: “A tour of Australia is top notch as an England Test cricketer. I’m glad all of our available players have committed to the trip. We look forward to touring and enjoying the experience of this historic series.
“That’s why we play and train to be involved in iconic series like this. More than half of our teams have not been on an Ashes tour before, which means we will be fresh and looking to embrace cricket and the excitement of touring one of the best places in the world.
“I think we have chosen a well-balanced squad with opportunities in all areas and a mix of youth and experience. There is real competition for places and a genuine desire to work hard and compete with the aim of creating some history.
“We are not illusions about how difficult the task will be. Australia have been strong at home in the past and there is an expectation that they will win this series. But from our point of view, there is real 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 trip, get out there and prepare well before the first test in Brisbane. ”
England Men’s Test Squad – Ashes Tour of Australia 2021-22:
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan 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), David Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood ( Durham).