England have named their squad for the 2021-22 Ashes Check sequence in Australia.
Right here BBC Sport takes a more in-depth take a look at the gamers tasked with regaining the urn.
Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain) – Age 30; Checks 109; Runs 9,278; Common 50.15
Loved a stellar summer time with the bat, though his captaincy and techniques had been questioned on events. England’s hopes will relaxation on his potential to proceed his current spectacular kind in opposition to India in Australia the place he’s but to make a Check century.
Rory Burns (Surrey) – Age 31; Checks 29; Runs 1,712; Common 32.30
The left-handed opener’s considerably unorthodox method can be examined by Australia’s bowlers on their very own patch however has proven he has the dogged willpower for Check cricket. Solely Ben Stokes scored extra runs for England than his 390 at 39.00 within the 2019 Ashes in England.
Zak Crawley (Kent) – Age 23; Checks 15; Runs 737; Common 28.34
A 12 months on from a superlative 267 in opposition to Pakistan he was dropped in opposition to India after a lean run of kind. A tall dominant participant on the again foot, notably in opposition to quick bowling, he is ready to bat time however must rediscover his confidence.
Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire) – Age 24; Checks: 6; Runs 359; Common 35.90
The opener burst on to the Check scene as a young person throughout England’s tour of India in 2016 solely to drastically lose his means. Two affected person half-centuries in opposition to India, together with a stand of 135 with Burns, on his comeback through the summer time had been a reminder of a expertise but to actually be fulfilled.
Dan Lawrence (Essex) – Age 24; Checks 8; Runs 354; Common 27.23
Has seemed good in suits and begins – 81 in opposition to New Zealand in the summertime his Check finest – however might nicely discover himself down the pecking order. A positive sequence for England Lions in Australia in 2020 signifies he can minimize it in Australian situations.
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire) – Age 34; Checks 17; Runs 830; Common 28.62
Returned to the Check facet in the summertime after two years out within the chilly and introduced some much-needed calmness batting at three. Arguably a greater participant on Australian pitches than in England – his sole Check century got here at Perth within the 2017-18 Ashes.
Ollie Pope (Surrey) – Age 23; Checks 20; Runs 965; Common 32.16
Blessed with a classy method, which has seen him likened to Ian Bell, the younger strokemaker has proven flashes of brilliance however but to develop consistency. A stoic 81 after an England top-order collapse in opposition to India at The Oval confirmed his mettle.
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) – Age 32; Checks 78; Runs 4,381; Common 33.70; Catches 195; Stumpings 13
An exciting batsman on his day however these days have been far too rare in Check matches with six a whole lot within the longer format. A senior participant who wants to face up and be counted in a batting line-up missing expertise. Will get the gloves if Buttler is absent.
Jos Buttler (Lancashire) – Age: 31; Checks: 53; Runs 2,800; Common 33.33; Catches: 141; Stumpings: 1
Performed 15 Checks for England earlier than being changed by Jonny Bairstow in late 2015, however got here again into the fold for the house sequence in opposition to Pakistan in 2018. His greatest contribution on the worldwide stage has come within the shorter varieties; he broke the stumps to seal victory over New Zealand within the 2019 World Cup remaining.
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) – Age 32; Checks 39; Runs 1,389; Common 27.78; Wickets 119; Common 28.73
Returned to the England facet for the fourth Check in opposition to India in the summertime after greater than a 12 months out due to accidents, being rested and time in isolation. He took seven wickets and scored 50 in England’s first innings, though can be hoping to enhance his exploits on his travels.
James Anderson (Lancashire) – Age 39; Checks 166; Wickets 632; Common 26.62
England’s main wicket taker and the primary in Check historical past to surpass 600, Anderson is arguably England’s best ever bowler. At 39, the three-time Ashes winner could also be heading into his remaining Ashes sequence, however will wish to shut in on the three bowlers who stand forward of him within the wicket charts, India’s Anil Kumble, Australia’s Shane Warne and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) – Age 35; Checks 149; Wickets 524; Common 27.84
Trailing Anderson by 108 wickets within the all time England charts, Broad is more likely to be one other key weapon in England’s arsenal. He shone within the 2020 sequence in opposition to the West Indies, which England received 2-1; having not been chosen for the primary match, he took 10 wickets within the decider, being named man of the match and sequence.
Craig Overton (Somerset) – Age 27; Checks 6; Wickets 17; Common 33.58
Made his Check debut in Adelaide on the 2017 Ashes tour and impressed, prime scoring with the bat with an unbeaten 41 and taking his first wicket, that of Australia captain Steve Smith. He additionally featured within the final residence sequence, in 2019, after being referred to as up for the fourth Check.
Ollie Robinson (Sussex) – Age 27; Checks 5; Wickets 28; Common 19.60
His worldwide debut in opposition to New Zealand was overshadowed by the invention of historic tweets of a racist and sexist nature earlier than he bounced again by taking 21 wickets in 4 Checks in opposition to India. Blends a disciplined line and size with a aggressive edge.
Mark Wooden (Durham) – Age 31; Checks 21; Wickets 64; Common 33.10
Able to bowling in extra of 90mph, the right-arm paceman might be essential on Australian wickets and more likely to be an much more necessary determine for England with fellow quick bowler Jofra Archer out injured. Took 5 wickets within the second Check in opposition to India in the summertime earlier than being sidelined by a shoulder damage.
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Jack Leach (Somerset) – Age 30; Checks 16; Wickets 62; Common 29.98
Not probably the most skilled member of the squad, however has good pedigree as a batter and bowler in an England shirt. Within the 2018 tour of Sri Lanka, he opened each batting and bowling within the second Check, claiming his first five-wicket haul and recording figures of 8 for 153.
Dom Bess (Yorkshire) – Age 24; Checks 14; Runs 319; Common 22.78; Wickets 36; Common 33.97
Made his Check debut in opposition to Pakistan in 2018, however has struggled for normal motion within the three years since. Bess can be hoping to shut in on 50 wickets over in Australia after exhibiting good kind for Yorkshire.