Joe Root t    Getty Images (File Photo)
Joe Root Getty Images (File Photo)

Just an hour before the official Ashes 2017-18 squad announcement by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England squad has been leaked. The 16-member squad has some new faces along with the fixed one. Joe Root will continue lead the side with no clear update on his deputy. Stokes was dropped for Wednesday’s fourth one-day international against West Indies at The Oval after being arrested early on Monday in Bristol. Gary Ballance makes a return to the Test arena after being dropped from the series against West Indies. James Vince also gets included.

Mark Stoneman, David Malan have retained their places from the West Indies series. Mason Crane, Ben Foakes and Craig Overton get their maiden Test call up for England.

Current Ashes champions England face Australia in the first of five Tests in Brisbane starting on November 23. Overton was earlier included in the England’s T20I squad against South Africa. Somerset’s Ben Foakes features as a backup wicket-keeper. Hampshire’s Crane, who is just 2 T20Is old makes his way ahead of ODI specialist, Adil Rashid.

Squad:

Alastair Cook (Essex), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey, wkt)