England has finally announced their 16-member Test squad for ‘The Ashes’ on Wednesday and surprisingly vice-captain Ben Stokes has also been included despite his arrest on Monday.
Hampshire batsman James Vince and Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance are recalled, while Essex’s Tom Westley misses out. Uncapped Somerset seamer Craig Overton has been included as Mark Wood is nursing an ankle injury.
All-rounder Stokes was under suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol. He was locked up for a night after the team’s victory in the third ODI against West Indies and will not play the remaining ODIs of the series.
The Ashes squad also comprise of opener Mark Stoneman and he will be partnered by former skipper Alastair Cook. Ballance has been recalled after his recovery from the broken finger and he will be battling with Vince and Middlesex’s Dawid Malan for 2 spots in the middle order.
Uncapped Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane will be providing backup to the first-choice spinner Moeen Ali, while Ben Foakes is Jonny Bairstow’s deputy as wicketkeeper.
Overton and Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball make up the fast bowlers along with the stalwarts James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.
The seamers will be guided by none other than former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond, who has been appointed as fast bowling consultant for the tour after former bowling coach Ottis Gibson’s departure to become South Africa head coach.
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood will be joining the squad as the coach and help the team to regain the Ashes, with the series beginning in Brisbane on 23 November.
England squad: Joe Root (capt), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Mason Crane, Craig Overton.