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England squad for Ashes

England yesterday named its strongest available squad for the Ashes tour to Australia as allrounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran missed out but seamer Stuart Broad was included despite the calf injury he picked up in the test series against India. Stokes was unavailable as he continues his indefinite break to focus on his mental health, while also recovering from a second operation on a broken finger. Curran was omitted due to a stress fracture in his lower back. There were no uncapped players in the 17-member squad that included recalls for batsman Zak Crawley and spinner Dom Bess. The series had been in doubt following concerns over touring conditions in a country where international arrivals have to isolate in quarantine hotels for 14 days, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The first test is due to begin in Brisbane on December 8, followed by a day-night match in Adelaide from December 16 before the traditional Boxing Day test in Melbourne. Sydney will host the fourth match and the final test will be in Perth starting on January 14. Australia retained the Ashes when the teams last met in 2019 in England after a 2-2 series draw.


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