The England Cricket Board announces its squad for this winter’s Ashes series in Australia with a view to retaining the coveted urn won on home soil in 2015 and avenging a humiliating 5-0 whitewash the last time the most heated competition in test cricket was held Down Under.
This time around, competition for spots has been as fierce as ever with injuries also playing their part and ruling out the likes of Toby Roland Jones. But who makes your final squad?
The former captain who led England to its last Ashes victory adds invaluable experience.
Has timed his form perfectly and boasts the experience in these climes after an early-career stint in Sydney. Would generally get the nod in front of Haseem Hameed.
Has been coming in at fourth but is likely to be pushed up the order as England finally resolves its batting line-up dilemma.
Plenty to build on and nice to get a bit of momentum going into the winter! pic.twitter.com/ZVB4zyO2mw
— Joe Root (@root66) September 9, 2017
Has been under fire but is believed to be better suited to these conditions, too.
A middle order must as England’s key all-rounder, though, has been tipped to move up higher in the future.
Expected to be favoured over Jos Buttler as first choice wicket-keeper.
One of the more guaranteed certs on this list, coming off the back of a superb summer.
Dumped for the recent final test against the West Indies, however, deserves his place in the line-up and has impressed in the one-dayers.
Another proven winner and one of England’s finest bowlers in the modern era.
Young and relatively unproven but can offer his country a new dimension over Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson.
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) September 8, 2017
In his last Ashes, England’s all-time highest wicket-taker will be looking to go out with a bang.