Two of England’s most impressive fast bowlers in recent times – Mark Wood and Toby Roland Jones – are set to miss the flight to Australia for the Ashes this year. Both pacers have been ruled out from the Ashes squad due to injury as Craig Overton and Jake Ball have found spots in the team. The usual suspects James Anderson and Stuart Broad are also a part of the squad and will lead the pace attack for the Englishmen.
The batting unit is without Tom Westley, who had a poor series against the West Indies. In addition to Cook, Stoneman, Root, Malan, Ballance and James Vince, Johnny Bairstow who has been one of their best Test players in recent years continues to retain his position in the side as the wicket-keeper. All rounders Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes round off the squad, with Stokes being included as vice-captain despite his arrest earlier this week. Reactions from the British press have not been flattering, with Michael Vaughan suggesting that the star all-rounder would need to make changes in his lifestyle to have a long-term career for England.
It will be an interesting Ashes series with the Australian team struggling over the past year while England have been playing some very good cricket, but will be playing away from home after a long time. The English pace battery will have to adapt to the conditions in Australia early in the series to be able to make an impact. Moeen Ali and Mason Crane will be key to the side as well, being the primary spinners.
Squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Mason Crane, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Craig Overton
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