Ashes Squads 2017/18

The 2017/18 Ashes squads were announced before the series began, Australia opting for a 13-man squad for the first two Tests and England a larger touring party.

Being at home, Australia were able to change their squad in between Tests.

Australia Ashes squad 2017-18

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).

England Ashes squad 2017-18

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 squad
Australia named a surprising squad for the first two Tests, naming Tim Paine as wicketkeeper and including Shaun Marsh as a middle-order batsman.

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Paine isn’t his state’s first-choice keeper due to Matthew Wade’s return to Tasmania, but beat out the incumbent Wade, as well as 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 has taken 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.

Cam Bancroft walks off the field

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The rest of the squad is as expected. Steve Smith has been 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 comprises Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, while Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers are the back-up pacemen. Selectors opted against naming a reserve spinner, with Nathan Lyon set to play that role throughout the entire summer.

England squad
England announced their squad on Wednesday, September 27 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 have all been recalled.

Joe Root will once again captain the side after their series victories over South Africa and the West Indies during the summer.

England's Joe Root during day four of the the second Investec Test match at Headingley, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 28, 2017. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire.

(Nigel French/PA Wire)

Questions surround the status of Ben Stokes, after the vice-captain was arrested on suspicion of alleged assault, but being released without charge under investigation.

Since then, he wasn’t on the flight to Australia but is still named in the squad. He’s unlikely to play at the Gabba on November 23, but could play a part later in the series.

His position in the side is a key one for the tourists though, Stokes playing a role with both bat and ball.

Veterans Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson will make another trip to Australia as part of the England side.

Last updated: 9 January, 2018