Ashes: England name strong squad for Test tour to Australia

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England's Joe Root (left) lost 4-0 to Australia on their 2017-18 tour.

For the 2021-22 Ashes Test series, England will send their strongest squad to Australia.

Joe Root will be the captain of the side. Jos Buttler will serve as vice-captain. The five-match series begins in Brisbane on December 8.

All 17 players were capped at Test level.

"I am thrilled that all of the available players have committed for the tour," stated Chris Silverwood, England head coach.

After concerns from players over Covid protocols, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), announced that the tour would proceed on Friday.

Root's frontline batters are Rory Burns and Dawid Malan as well as Haseeb Hameed, Zak Cruwley, Zak Hameed, Jonny Bairstow, and Zak Crawley.

England's pace bowling options include James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood as well as Ollie Robinson and Jack Leach as spin options.

Dan Lawrence, who is also able to bowl spin, will compete for a place in the middle order with Ollie Pope and Buttler, as well as all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Ben Stokes, a fellow all-rounder, is not included because he is still recovering from an index finger surgery. He had taken an indefinite rest from cricket in July to ensure his mental health.

Jofra and Olly Archer, fast bowlers, are both absent while they recuperate from back and elbow injuries. Sam Curran, left-arm seamer Sam Curran, and Moeen Ali, all-rounder, recently retired from Test cricket.

Broad will be participating in a fourth Ashes tour. Broad is still recuperating from a torn right calf, but the ECB stated that he was "making excellent progress".

Silverwood stated, "We have no illusions about the difficulty of this task."

"Australia has been strong at home in past matches, so there is a expectation that they will win this series. But, we believe that there is real excitement and potential for something special.

A yet-to be-selected England Lions team will shadow the players and provide cover for the tour's two months.

After their tournament commitments, both squads will travel to Australia on 4/11. Players on Twenty20 World Cup duty will be in Australia.

After a draw of 2-2 in 2019, Australia kept the Ashes in England. England is now looking to reclaim the Ashes.

England team for Ashes tour to Australia

Joe Root (Yorkshire), captain, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Yoorkshire), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Surrey), Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory Burns, Rory), Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence (Somerset), Dawidmalan (Yorkshire), Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Ollie Smith (Sussex), Ollie Bishop (Sussex), Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Durham), Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Mark Wood, Mark Wood (Durham), Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Warwickshire), Ollie Robinson, Ollie Robinson, Susex), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham).

England players agree to go on tour

Some players were rumored to be unavailable for the winter tour, and England might have to send a weaker squad.

There were concerns about whether players' families would be allowed to travel, quarantine arrangements, and the nature of the "bubble" environment.

Many of England's top players, including Wood, Woakes and Buttler have young families.

Root and Buttler, the vice-captain, had voiced their dissatisfaction with Australia's Covid-19 protocols. These protocols are some of the most stringent in the world.

After negotiations with Cricket Australia, however, the ECB was able confirm the tour "subjected to several critical conditions".

These conditions are believed to be concessions made to players' families in order to enable them to travel.

However, Australia's borders remain closed to foreign visitors. This means that England fans will not be allowed to travel to Australia to cheer on the tourists.


Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent

The Australian authorities have assumed that this squad will meet the unspecified critical conditions. According to our sources, discussions are ongoing in a positive direction.

Ben Stokes was not available, and Stuart Broad is still recovering from his calf injury.

Mark Wood is the only true bowler and must be treated carefully. Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes complete the pace attack.

After losing his spot in the summer, Zak Crawley is back. However, there is no place for Dom Sibley. The England Lions will also be touring simultaneously, in order to provide opposition during the five-week preparation period, which includes quarantine.

It all happened.

July: England's players discuss plans to send their families to Australia.

22 August: Jos Buttler, England wicketkeeper, says he is open to "saying no" to the Ashes tour.

28 August: The Times reports that 10 England players could be forced to withdraw from the tour due to quarantine conditions.

19 September: Stuart Broad, England's pace bowler, says he would be "happy" to board a plane to Australia.

23 September: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated that there will not be any "special deals" for the families of England footballers.

28 September: England captain Joe Root claims he is desperate to play in Ashes, but he has not confirmed that he will travel.

3 October: England players present proposed travel arrangements and terms.

8 October: Australia captain Tim Paine said that he expected a "really powerful" England to tour.

9 October: ECB says Ashes will proceed "subject to several crucial conditions".

10 October: England names full-strength Ashes squad

Ashes 2021-22 schedule


8-12 1st Test, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)

16-20 2nd Test Adelaide (d/n), (04:00 GMT).

26-30 3rd Test, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)


5-9 Fourth Test, Sydney (23:30 GMT 4-8 Jan).

14-18 5th Test Perth (02:30 GMT).