The Ashes 2017-18 begins on November 23 at Gabba, and there are not many changes in the squad of the visiting team. Joe Root will continue leading the troop, while James Anderson will act as Root’s deputy.
David Malan, Mark Stoneman and James Vince have been chosen in the playing XI over Mason Crane and Craig Overton. Justifying the selection, skipper Root said, “It wasn’t an easy decision (to keep Craig out). All the players on their first tour have impressed and it’s great that the whole squad seems to be performing.”
"Craig has come into the squad and everything asked of him he’s done really well."
Despite the injury concern over Jake Ball, the Nottingham pacer makes the side. He will be part of the pace attack consisting of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.
“Jake has bowled well when he’s had his opportunity on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians,” Root explained.
Gary Ballance along with the Ashes debutants Tom Curran, Craig Overton and Ben Foakes will also be seen on the fringes in the Gabba Test.
All in all, England will play five front-line batsman and Jonny Bairstow as the keeper, two all-rounders and three front-line pacers.
England’s Playing XI:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Chris Woakes
Earlier, Australia also named their playing XI but whether the injured duo of David Warner and Shaun Marsh will play the opening Test is still uncertain.
Australia’s playing XI - David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.