Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

England have appointed a 17-man squad for the upcoming men’s Ashes tour to Australia, with head coach Chris Silverwood leaning on familiar faces for the trip.

Silverwood and captain Joe Root are unable to call up a full-strength squad due to the continued break in star all-rounder Ben Stokes and injuries to Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and Sam Curran.

But fears that players will opt out of the trip due to concerns about Australia’s travel restrictions have not materialized.

After successful discussions with Cricket Australia (CA) about events for families and quarantine, no player chose not to tour.

As a result, the tour party – described in a media statement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as its “strongest available squad” – has a tried and trusted feeling, with no undefeated Test players selected.

Ten of the 17 are set to tour Australia in an Ashes series for the first time, including vice-captain Jos Buttler.

Veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been selected for the fifth and fourth Ashes tour of their respective careers.

Broad has been concerned about a calf injury he sustained in England’s Test series against India, but the ECB said the 35-year-old was making “excellent progress” with his recovery.

The ECB said Stokes was not available for election as he continued to take an indefinite break from all cricket to “prioritize his mental well-being and rehabilitation from his injured left index finger”.

England bat Ben Stokes holds up his bat to mark his half-century in a test at The Oval.
England will be without the injured Ben Stokes in Australia.(

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Although Stoke’s absence has long been anticipated, his all-rounder Curran was a late retiree.

Curran’s bowling may not have been perfectly suited to Australian conditions, but he could have offered balance and variation to the side in Stoke’s absence.

A lumbar injury inflicted by Curran has now been diagnosed as a stress fracture requiring specialist treatment.

“I think we have chosen a well-balanced squad with opportunities in all areas and a mix of youth and experience,” Silverwood said in the ECB’s statement.

“There’s real competition for places and a genuine desire to work hard and compete with the aim of creating some history.

“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.”

The ECB again stated that the Ashes tour was subject to “several critical conditions” met by the CA before the tour party departs for Australia on 4 November.

The first test is scheduled to begin at Gabba in Brisbane on December 8.

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

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