Stokes included in England's Ashes squad of 12; Anderson rested

Stokes


Brisbane, Dec 7 : All-rounder Ben Stokes has been included in England's 12-member squad for the opening Ashes Test beginning at The Gabba on December 8, putting to rest speculation that he might not be considered for the first Test as he is returning to competitive cricket after a long time. Stokes could, however, still be dropped from England's playing XI as skipper Joe Root will take a call on the final XI at the toss. Pace bowling stalwart and England's top wicket-taker in Test history, James Anderson too is missing from the playing XI. Anderson, an England spokesperson confirmed, isn't carrying an injury. Rather, the decision to leave out the 39-year-old has to do with managing his workload ahead of what will be a gruelling five-Test, high-octane series. "Jimmy is fit to play, and is not carrying an injury," an England spokesperson said. "With five Tests in six weeks, the plan was to get him ready for the second Test in Adelaide. "With the limited build-up we have had so far on the tour, both him and the management didn't want to take the risk of him playing after what had happened in 2019 at Edgbaston when he broke down on the first morning. During the 2019 Ashes, England lost Anderson to a calf injury during the opening Test in Edgbaston and had to go through the rest of the match with a bowler short. Belying his age, Anderson bounced back thereafter, playing all the home Tests against India and New Zealand this year. A statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday that, "England Men have named a 12-strong squad for the first Ashes Test starting at The Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday 8 December. The final XI will be confirmed at the toss." England Men's Squad for first Ashes Test: Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. /IANS




Related

SA v IND, 3rd Test: De Villiers praises Petersen for his composure under fire
[Cape Town:Indian batsman Rishabh Pant smashes the ball toward the boundary during the third day of the third and final test match between South Afric

Win in Australia will go down as one of the greatest in Indian cricket history: Gavaskar
Mumbai, Jan 12 : Remembering India's come-from-behind triumph in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2021 in Australia, former India captain and legendary batt

Surprised with CA ignoring Khawaja's credentials for so long: Joe Root
Hobart, Jan 12 : England skipper Joe Root on Wednesday expressed surprise with Cricket Australia (CA) ignoring the credentials of batter Usman Khawaja