Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

England name strong squad for Ashes tour


England will take their strongest available squad to Australia for the 2021-22 Ashes Test series. Joe Root will captain the side, with wicketkeep­er Jos Buttler vice-captain for the five-match series which begins in Brisbane on 8 December.all 17 players have been capped at Test level.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had only announced on Friday that the tour would go ahead following player concerns over Covid protocols.

Rory Burns, Dawid Malan, Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow join Root as the frontline batters. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson are among England’s pace bowling options with Jack Leach and Dom Bess the spin options. Dan Lawrence, who can also bowl spin, will contest a spot in the middle order alongside Ollie Pope, Buttler and allrounder Chris Woakes.

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