England have named a 17-man squad for this winter Ashes tour, with head coach Chris Silverwood leaning back in familiar faces for the tour.
Silverwood and captain Joe Root could not call up a full-fledged squad due to the break of star all-rounder Ben Stokes and injuries to Joffre Archer, Ollie Stone and Sam Curran but fears that the players will withdraw due to concerns about Australia’s trip have not been met.
After successful discussions with Cricket Australia on family arrangements and isolation, there were no deviations.
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As a result, the team has a feeling of being tried and trusted, with no Test players selected. That means all possible choices like Lancashire trio Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson and Shakib Mahmoud have been overlooked, but they can be expected to make up a part of the Lions squad, which will overshadow the early stages of the tour and still be called up.
While the absence of Stokes has long been anticipated, he has already missed the Indian Test series, the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup as he makes it a priority to recover from his mental health and finger injury, with the late withdrawal of all-rounder Curran.
Although Koran’s bowling did not fit Australian conditions well, he may have provided balance and variety in Stokes’ absence. However, a lower back injury that was ruled out of the World Cup squad has now been diagnosed as a stress fracture that requires specialist treatment.
Team: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Base, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jose Butler, Jack Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Don Lawrence, Jack Leach, David Malone, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie, Olle , Mark Wood.