England named four uncapped players in squad for Ashes 2013-14

England will try to win a fourth straight Ashes series for the first time since the 19th Century © Getty Images

Sep 23, 2013

England selector Geoff Miller on Monday announced their 17-member squad for the winter Ashes 2013-14 in Australia, including as many as three uncapped players for the series that begins in November.

While Chris Tremlett made a comeback to the England side, injured all-rounder Tim Bresnan was not included in the tour party to Australia.

The four uncapped players that have been included in the England squad are Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and former Ireland international cricketer Boyd Rankin.

The fact England, who beat arch-rivals Australia 3-0 in a Test series on home soil to retain the urn, rested regular captain Alastair Cook, batsman Ian Bell and bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann from the subsequent 2-1 one-day series loss was testament to the importance they place on the Ashes, AFP reported earlier.

But while the first-choice XI, with star batsman Kevin Pietersen set to play his 100th Test in November’s opener in Brisbane, largely picks itself, the choice of back-up squad members is likely to have led to some prolonged discussions for a selection panel led by ex-England off-spinner Miller.

“As we have seen in previous series we will need all members of the squad ready to step up and make vital contributions throughout the five Tests and we feel that all 17 players have the ability to do that. There is real competition for places with both bat and ball and we feel that we have provided Andy Flower and Alastair Cook with a well balanced squad,” Miller said in a release.

“Tim Bresnan has not been named in the squad and is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture in his back. He will travel to Australia with the squad to maximise his rehab opportunities with the medical team and coaches who will monitor his progress.

“The England Performance Programme provides an excellent opportunity for those players identified as having considerable talent to train together in an England environment throughout the winter and further develop as cricketers and this is an exciting young squad who have impressed in domestic cricket recently.”

England squad for the Ashes 2013-14:

Alastair Cook (c), Matt Prior, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad,  Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott.