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ENGLAND NAME ASHES SQUAD

Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Craig Overton and James Vince included for Ashes tour

England have named a 16-man Ashes party to tour Australia this winter.

Gary Ballance and James Vince return to the batting ranks while an uncapped trio of Mason Crane, Ben Foakes and Craig Overton are also included.

Mark Wood misses out, Jake Ball comes into the squad.

England squad

Joe Root*, Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Craig Overton.

National Selector James Whitaker, commented:

“A tour of Australia is the ultimate test for our squad. We have provided Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss with a well-balanced squad with options in all areas.

“After a successful summer, having won the Test series against South Africa and West Indies, there is real competition for places and we have selected a squad that will work hard and compete against Australia, aiming to win the Ashes. 

“Surrey’s Ben Foakes deserves his selection for the first time at this level. His glovework has been exemplary and he is regarded as a wicketkeeper of the highest quality. He has the ability to contribute with the bat scoring over 680 runs in the Championship this summer at an average of 45.33.

“Craig Overton, who like Foakes has come through the International Pathway, has been involved in the England set-up this summer with the Lions and the IT20 squad. He will now get his chance at Test level. We have been impressed with the way he has led Somerset’s attack over a long period of time. He has taken 43 Championship wickets this summer and will relish playing in Australian conditions.

“The selectors are backing James Vince to make an impact on his recall to the Test squad. He is a quality strokeplayer and we believe his game will suit the Australian pitches. His understanding of the England set-up will help him settle into the environment quickly and hit the ground running when we arrive in Perth next month.”

Fixtures

Western Australia XI, Perth, November 4-5

Cricket Australia XI, Adelaide (D/N) November 8-11

Cricket Australia XI, Townsville November 15-18

1st Test | Brisbane, November 23-27

2nd Test | Adelaide (D/N) December 2-6

Cricket Australia XI, Perth, December 9-10

3rd Test | Perth (Waca) (02.30 GMT)  December 14-18

4th Test | Melbourne (23.30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)  December 26-30

5th Test | Sydney January 4-8