Ashes: England identify robust squad for Check tour to Australia

England, led by Joe Root (left), misplaced 4-0 on their most up-to-date tour of Australia in 2017-18

England will take their strongest obtainable squad to Australia for the 2021-22 Ashes Check collection.

Joe Root will captain the aspect, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler vice-captain for the five-match collection which begins in Brisbane on 8 December.

All 17 gamers have been capped at Check stage.

“I’m delighted that every one of our obtainable gamers have dedicated to the tour,” mentioned England head coach Chris Silverwood.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had solely introduced on Friday that the tour would go forward following participant issues over Covid protocols.

Rory Burns, Dawid Malan, Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow be part of Root because the frontline batters.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wooden, Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson are amongst England’s tempo bowling choices with Jack Leach and Dom Bess the spin choices.

Dan Lawrence, who also can bowl spin, will contest a spot within the center order alongside Ollie Pope, Buttler and all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes shouldn’t be included as he recovers from surgical procedure on an index finger having taken an indefinite break from cricket in July to guard his psychological well being.

Quick bowlers Jofra Archer and Olly Stone are additionally absent as they get better from elbow and again accidents respectively together with left-arm seamer Sam Curran, whereas all-rounder Moeen Ali not too long ago retired from Check cricket.

Broad, who can be on a fourth Ashes tour, continues to be recovering from a torn proper calf however “making glorious progress”, the ECB mentioned.

“We’re underneath no illusions about how troublesome the duty goes to be,” mentioned Silverwood.

“Australia have been robust at dwelling up to now, and there’s an expectation on them to win this collection. Nonetheless, from our standpoint, there’s real pleasure and perception that we will do one thing particular.”

The gamers can be shadowed by a yet-to-be-selected England Lions squad who will present cowl for the 2 months through the tour.

Each squads will head to Australia on 4 November, whereas gamers on Twenty20 World Cup obligation within the United Arab Emirates, will be part of the tour after their match commitments.

England need to regain the Ashes after Australia retained them in England following a 2-2 attract 2019.

England squad for Ashes tour of Australia

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire) wk, 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), Mark Wooden (Durham).

England gamers decide to tour

There had been strategies some gamers would make themselves unavailable for the winter tour and England can be compelled to ship a weakened squad.

Considerations had centred on whether or not the households of gamers can be allowed to journey, quarantine preparations and the character of the ‘bubble’ atmosphere.

Various England’s gamers – together with Buttler, Wooden and Woakes – have younger households.

Root and vice-captain Buttler had expressed their unease with a few of Australia’s Covid-19 protocols, that are among the many strictest on this planet.

However following negotiations with Cricket Australia, the ECB was in a position to verify the tour “topic to a number of vital circumstances”.

It’s thought these circumstances relate to concessions being made to permit gamers’ households to journey.

Nonetheless, Australia’s borders do stay closed to abroad guests – which means there can be no England followers allowed to journey to cheer on the vacationers.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

This squad has been chosen within the assumption that the unspecified vital circumstances can be met by the Australian authorities. We’re instructed that discussions are persevering with positively.

Ben Stokes wasn’t obtainable for choice, and whereas there are different notable absentees via damage, Stuart Broad is making good restoration from his calf damage.

Mark Wooden is the one bowler with real tempo and can should be dealt with rigorously, whereas Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton full the tempo assault.

Zak Crawley returns after dropping his place in the summertime, however there is not any room for Dom Sibley. England Lions can be touring on the identical time, not least to offer opposition within the preparation interval of 5 weeks, which can embrace quarantine.

The way it all unfolded

  • July: England gamers maintain talks over plans for households to journey to Australia.
  • 22 Aug: England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says he’s “open to saying no” to participating within the Ashes tour.
  • 28 Aug: The Instances studies that as much as 10 England gamers might pull out of the tour due to quarantine circumstances.
  • 19 Sept: England tempo bowler Stuart Broad says he’s “completely happy to get on a airplane to Australia”.
  • 23 Sept: Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there can be “no particular offers” for England gamers’ households.
  • 28 Sept: England captain Joe Root says he’s “determined” to play in Ashes however doesn’t verify he’ll journey.
  • 3 Oct: England gamers offered with proposed journey preparations and circumstances.
  • 8 Oct: Australia captain Tim Paine says he expects a “actually robust” England to tour.
  • 9 Oct: ECB say Ashes will go forward “topic to a number of vital circumstances”.
  • 10 Oct: England identify full-strength squad for Ashes

Ashes 2021-22 schedule


8-12 1st Check, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)

16-20 2nd Check, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)

26-30 third Check, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)


5-9 4th Check, Sydney (23:30 GMT, 4-8 Jan)

14-18 fifth Check, Perth (02:30 GMT)

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