London: England on Sunday named their strongest available squad for Australia’s Ashes tour as all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran missed out but seamer Stuart Broad was included despite a calf injury in the Test series against India.
Stokes was unavailable as he continued an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health, while also recovering from another operation for a broken finger. Karan was abandoned due to a stress fracture in his lower back. There were no uncapped players in the 17-man squad, which included batsman Zak Crowley and spinner Dom Bess. Fast bowler Jofra Archer was also unavailable as he had recurred from a stress fracture in his elbow and Olly Stone was ruled out with a back injury.
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The chain was in doubt after concerns over the status of tours in a country where international arrivals have to isolate in quarantine hotels for 14 days, regardless of the status of COVID-19 vaccinations.
England players had expressed concerns about the tour due to “bubble fatigue” and because their families would not be able to travel with them due to Australia’s strict COVID-19 protocols, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave a conditional approval. Gave it This has to be done on Friday.
The first Test is scheduled to begin in Brisbane on 8 December, followed by a day-night match in Adelaide from 16 December before the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Sydney will host the fourth match and the final Test begins in Perth on January 14.
Australia retained the Ashes when the teams last met in 2019 after a 2-2 series draw in England.
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