London: The England Cricket Board has announced the England Squad for the first two Tests of the Ashes series. Josh Tongue, who made his debut in the Test match against Ireland, has been included in the squad. Tongue joins Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and spinner Jack Leach in England’s potent bowling attack. Meanwhile, ace pacer, Jofra Archer, who is struggling with an injury, has not been named in the squad, which is a big blow to the hosts.
The Ashes get underway on June 16 in Birmingham. England have opted to go in with an unchanged squad that was named for the one-off Test against Ireland, which means that wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes has been sidelined by the selectors.
Ben Stokes Ready To Contribute With Ball
England captain Ben Stokes has struggled with a knee injury but the all-rounder is now fully fit and is ready to contribute with the ball as well.
“The knee is obviously in a much better place than it was in Wellington,” said Stokes. “I’ve been in India for the IPL over the last nine to 10 weeks and what I have done is get myself into a position where I can have no regrets or say I have not given myself the best opportunity to play a full role with the ball this summer.
“I have worked incredibly hard and got myself into a place where I feel like I am back in the 2019, 2020 space in terms of my own body and fitness. I have definitely given myself the best chance, but the mind and body are different things.
“It is about managing it and the great thing about sport and being out in the arena is it gives you adrenaline. So it gives you stuff you’re able to do in a game that you probably would not be able to do in training. The thing about me is that I don’t need much bowling for the rest of my body to tick over. I can have quite a lot of time off and then build up quite quickly.”
England Men’s Ashes Test Squad: Ben Stokes Captain, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Australia Test Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, David Warner