Ben Stokes will not participate in England’s bid to win back the Ashes in Australia this winter; Also off-roader Sam Curran also ruled out due to injury; Zak Crawley and Dom Bess made withdrawals for the five-game series that begins Dec. 8.
England have confirmed that Ben Stokes will miss Ashes’ tour to Australia after omitting the all-rounder from his 17-man squad.
Stokes, who has not participated in test cricket since England’s tour of India in March, is taking an “indefinite” break from the game to focus on his mental health and recover from a finger injury.
His compatriot Sam Curran has also been left out after a scan revealed a stress fracture to his lower back, but closer Stuart Broad is included as he continues to recover from a torn calf.
There are no limitless players on the team, including retirements by batter Zak Crawley and Dom Bess.
Joe Root’s team will play five Tests against Australia, starting in Brisbane on December 8.
England head coach Chris Silverwood said: “A tour of Australia is the pinnacle as a cricketer of the Test of England. I am delighted that all of our available players have committed to the tour.
“More than half of our team has not participated in an Ashes tour before, which means that we will be fresh and looking to embrace cricket and the excitement of touring one of the best places in the world.
“I think we have selected a well-balanced team with options in all areas and a mix of youth and experience. There is real competition for venues and a genuine desire to work hard and compete, with the aim of creating some history.”
“We have no illusions about how difficult the task will be. Australia have been strong at home in the past, and there are expectations that they will win this series.”
“However, from our point of view, there is a genuine enthusiasm and belief that we can do something special.”
Broad, who is scheduled to play on his fourth tour of Australia, will resume bowling next week at the ECB Performance Center in Loughborough, where the team will begin preparations for the Ashes.
They will be joined by the England Lions game, which has yet to be announced, and both groups will depart for Australia in early November.
Players who are also involved in the England World T20 campaign, which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates later this month, will join the rest of the Ashes squad after the tournament.
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Dom Bess (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)