Ashes Squads 2017/18

The 2017/18 Ashes squad for the Australian home summer starting in December of 2017 will be announced before England’s tour starts. The Australian National Selection Panel generally opt to name a squad of 12-13 players on a Test-by-Test basis for home series.

Steve Smith celebrates a run out

The 2015 series defeat saw many of Australia’s senior players announce their retirements from some or all formats of the game. Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers both made the fifth Test at the Oval the final match of their careers, and Brad Haddin, who was unable to force Peter Nevill out of the side after missing the second Test due to family reasons, also called time on his first-class career following the tour.

Ryan Harris was originally in the squad to face England in 2015, however his forced retirement saw young speedster, Pat Cummins, brought in.

Shane Watson announced his retirement from Test cricket after an injury ended his ODI tour of England following the Ashes. However the all-rounder remains available for Australian selection in the shorter formats of the game, and has been named in Australia’s squad for the Twenty20 Word Cup in March.

Mitchell Johnson was the sixth member of the Ashes squad to retire from Tests, albeit following another two matches at home against New Zealand. As a result, Australia’s current lineup looks drastically different to what was fielded in England.

Steve Smith has been elevated to the captaincy, with David Warner his deputy. Joe Burns opens alongside the current vice-captain in place of Chris Rogers, and Usman Khawaja has cemented himself as the team’s first-drop, with Smith now batting at number four. Since struggling in England, Adam Voges has emerged as one of world cricket’s leading batsmen, and despite indifferent form with the bat, Mitchell Marsh seems to be the selectors’ preferred all-rounder.

With Mitchell Starc sidelined, Josh Hazlewood has emerged as Australia’s leading paceman, and Nathan Lyon remains the side’s spinner. However injuries to Starc, Cummins, and James Pattinson have seen the other bowlers spots go up for grabs. Peter Siddle has been selected when fit, but with all of Pattinson, Stephen O’Keefe and Jackson Bird tried in the final bowler’s spot, the Australian selectors will be hoping the squad can escape the injuries which have plagued them for the past nine months.

When more news around the 2017/18 Ashes squad breaks, we will update this page.

2015 Ashes Squads
Australia’s Ashes squad 2015:
Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith (vc), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson

England’s Ashes squad 2015:
Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root (vc), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Adil Rashid.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017