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The 2019 Ashes squads have been announced by both Australia and England, with the XIs to be named at the toss for each of the five Tests.
Australian Ashes squad
Tim Paine (c, wk), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
Australia have announced a 12-man squad to play the second Ashes Test, with a surprise change in the bowling attack announced by coach Justin Langer and the selectors.
James Pattinson has been rested from the team to play at Lord’s, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both brought in as the options to replace him. It would appear the former spearheads of the Australian attack are battling with Peter Siddle for the final two pace bowling spots, given Pat Cummins is a certainty to play.
No other changes were made, with Cameron Bancroft fending off some pressure from Marcus Harris in the only other questionable selection at the top of the batting order.
England second Test squad
Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Sam Curran.
England have made two changes for the second Test of the 2019 Ashes series, with underperforming spinner Moeen Ali and injured quick James Anderson left out of their 12-man group to play at Lord’s.
The entire top seven, including the under pressure Jason Roy and Joe Denly, have been retained and will once again form the batting line-up for the home side, however, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach have been included.
Leach is likely to play as England’s spinner in the game, while Archer will fight it out with the retained twelfth man Sam Curran for the final pace bowling spot.
Here are the XIs for the first Test, which was played at Edgbaston and won by Australia.
|Rory Burns||1.||David Warner|
|Jason Roy||2.||Cameron Bancroft|
|Joe Root (c)||3.||Usman Khawaja|
|Joe Denly||4.||Steve Smith|
|Jos Buttler||5.||Travis Head|
|Ben Stokes||6.||Matthew Wade|
|Jonny Bairstow (wk)||7.||Tim Paine (c, wk)|
|Moeen Ali||8.||Pat Cummins|
|Chris Woakes||9.||James Pattinson|
|Stuart Broad||10.||Peter Siddle|
|James Anderson||11.||Nathan Lyon|
Australia waited until the toss to reveal their XI for the first match of the series in Edgbaston.
There was only one spot thought to be up in the air, with Peter Siddle winning the race to join the two confirmed pace bowlers James Pattinson and Pat Cummins. It means neither Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood will play.
The other contentious positions appeared to be at the top of the order, and at number six. Cameron Bancroft has beaten Marcus Harris to join David Warner, while Matthew Wade has kept Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh out of the side at number six.
England confirmed their XI for the first Test one day before the match, denying World Cup star Jofra Archer an Ashes debut. Joe Root will shift up the order to first drop, pushing Joe Denly to no.4 ahead of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Rory Burns and Jason Roy will open the batting, while Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes are the seamers. All-rounder Moeen Ali is the side’s sole spinner.
Australia’s 17-man squad is led by Tim Paine in what will be his first Ashes series as captain. He has two deputies: middle-order batsman Travis Head and star fast bowler Pat Cummins.
Much of the squad is as expected, with Test regulars David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood all included. James Pattinson was also included in his first Test squad since early 2016.
Incumbent batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Harris were given spots in the squad, but there was no room for Joe Burns, despite the Queenslander scoring 180 in his last Test.
Instead, Cameron Bancroft was preferred as one of the openers, his first selection in an international squad since serving a nine-month ban for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Matthew Wade was the other back-up batsman in the squad after a prolific 12 months in all forms of the game.
Peter Siddle and Michael Neser are the two remaining seamers, and Mitchell Marsh the sole all-rounder. There is no second spinner in the squad to provide cover for Nathan Lyon, with Jon Holland missing out on selection. Peter Handscomb, Kurtis Patterson and Alex Carey were the other notable players overlooked.
First Test squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes
England’s 14-player squad contains a mix of inexperience and seasoned Test players.
Skipper Joe Root is one of eight World Cup winners in the squad, alongside vice-captain Ben Stokes, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer.
Archer was named despite a side strain picked up during the World Cup and looks set to make his Test debut for his adopted nation sometime during the Ashes.
Also in the squad is the experienced pace duo of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, both of whom will likely be playing in their final Ashes series. The other bowling options in the squad are Sam Curran and Olly Stone. Like Australia, Enland only have the one spin option (Ali) to choose from.
Rory Burns will open the batting alongside Jason Roy, while Joe Denly is the other specialist batsman selected following a strong County season in 2019.
Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird (4th Test only), Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb (1st and 2nd Test), Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh (3rd – 5th Test) Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc (1st – 3rd Test and 5th Test).
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran
Australia named a surprising squad for the first two Tests, naming Tim Paine as wicketkeeper and including Shaun Marsh as a middle-order batsman.
Paine wasn’t his state’s first-choice keeper due to Matthew Wade’s return to Tasmania, but beat out the incumbent Wade, Peter Nevill and Alex Carey, to the wicketkeeper’s position in the squad.
Shaun Marsh pipped all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the number six spot in the batting order, while Matthew Renshaw, who scored a massive hundred at the SCG in his last Test on Australian soil, was dropped after a run of poor form in the Sheffield Shield.
Cameron Bancroft took Renshaw’s place atop the order alongside David Warner after some excellent scores for Western Australia, including an unbeaten double-century in the third round of the Sheffield Shield.
The rest of the squad was as expected. Steve Smith was named as the side’s skipper and David Warner his vice-captain, with Usman Khawaja to bat at first drop and Peter Handscomb at number five.
The bowling attack comprised Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, while Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers were the back-up pacemen. Selectors opted against naming a reserve spinner, with Nathan Lyon playing that role throughout the entire summer.
England announced their squad with a host of fresh faces. Spinner Mason Crane, wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and pace bowler Craig Overton were all named in the side as potential debutants, while Gary Ballance, James Vince and Jake Ball were all recalled.
Joe Root once again captained the side after their series victories over South Africa and the West Indies the previous summer.
Questions surrounded the status of Ben Stokes, after the vice-captain was arrested on suspicion of alleged assault, but being released without charge under investigation.
Stokes was still named in the squad, but never ended up playing in the series.
Veterans Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson made yet another trip to Australia as part of the England side.