|Venue: Australia Dates: 23 November – 7 January|
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England have included vice-captain Ben Stokes in their 16-man Ashes Test squad despite his arrest on Monday.
The all-rounder, 26, has a minor fracture in his right hand but is expected to be fit enough to take a full part in the five-Test tour.
Hampshire batsman James Vince and Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance are recalled, but Essex’s Tom Westley misses out.
Uncapped Somerset seamer Craig Overton, 23, is preferred to Mark Wood, who remains troubled by an ankle injury.
Stokes was held on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol.
He was detained overnight after the team’s victory in the third one-day international against West Indies and will not be available for the fourth ODI on Wednesday.
England, who were whitewashed 5-0 on their last tour of Australia, are looking to defend the Ashes which they regained on home soil in 2015.
The series begins in Brisbane on 23 November.
England squad for Ashes tour of Australia
Joe Root (capt, Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (wk, Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).
- Who did you choose for your Ashes squad?
The squad to tour Australia also contains opener Mark Stoneman, who became the 12th man in the space of five years to partner Alastair Cook when he made his debut against the Windies in August.
Ballance is restored after suffering a broken finger in the second Test defeat by South Africa in July and is set to battle with Vince and Middlesex’s Dawid Malan for two spots in the middle order.
Uncapped Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane provides back-up for first-choice spinner Moeen Ali, while Surrey’s Ben Foakes, also uncapped is Jonny Bairstow’s deputy as wicketkeeper.
With Wood and Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones (stress fracture of the back) missing, Overton and Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball make up the fast bowlers with regulars James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.
The seamers will work with former New Zealand pace bowler Shane Bond, who has been appointed as fast bowling consultant for the first two Tests of the tour after former bowling coach Ottis Gibson’s departure to become South Africa head coach.
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood also joins the coaching set-up down under for the Tests and ODIs, with Kent coach Matt Walker assisting for the subsequent Twenty20 tri-series in Australia and New Zealand.
|England in Australia 2017-18 – Ashes Tests|
|23-27 November – 1st Test, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)|
|2-6 December – 2nd Test, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)|
|14-18 December – 3rd Test, Perth (Waca) (02:30 GMT)|
|26-30 December – 4th Test, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)|
|4-8 January – 5th Test, Sydney (23:30 GMT, 3-7 Jan)|
‘One of the weakest squads I’ve seen’
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on BBC Radio 5 live
This is one of the weakest squads I’ve seen. The dilemma facing the selectors has been known for months and the scale of the top-order batting problem is laid bare.
James Vince returns after an unspectacular summer in country cricket and a run of seven Tests last year that produced an average of 19. He’s expected to bat at three.
Gary Ballance is averaging 19 from his last 12 Tests. He’s pressing Dawid Malan – averaging 23 from five Tests for number five.
The pressure on Alastair Cook and Joe Root in this series will be immense, and that’s without taking the current uncertainty created by Ben Stokes’ predicament into account.
Craig Overton was preferred to Liam Plunkett’s genuine pace and Mason Crane is a gamble. A young wrist-spinner as back-up, really?
Are England right to pick Stokes?
Former England captain David Gower on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
Stokes would have been written on that list within milliseconds as the pivotal man in that team.
When you’ve got a Ben Stokes who can bat, bowl, take brilliant catches, who is that sort of inspirational figure pretty much whatever he does on the field, you want him there at all times.
We know he’s got the sort of character on the field that in effect leads the team. I had the same sort of experience and memories from Ian Botham 30 years ago.
Andrew Strauss was right that as it stands then they have no choice to pick the team which they would have done three or four days ago anyway.
Former England captain Alec Stewart on BBC Radio 5 live
100% you pick him, and he stays vice-captain until more details come out.
I would also be sitting him down and saying “once you take a position of leadership, massive responsibility comes with that role”.