Ashes 2019: Australia announces 17-man squad to face England


Australia has announced the 17-man squad that will attempt to become the first to claim an Ashes series victory on English soil since 2001.

Left-hander Matthew Wade headlines the inclusions in the squad, the form of the 31-year-old over the last 12 months proving impossible to ignore.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns discussed Wade’s selection following the announcement.

“Matthew Wade fully deserves his recall as he has made an irresistible case for inclusion through sheer weight of runs with 1021 first-class runs at home last summer followed by three hundreds on the Australia A tour, including an excellent 114 against the England Lions at Canterbury last week,” Hohns said.

As expected Steve Smith and David Warner are also back in a Test squad for the first time since the Cape Town ball-tampering incident , while opener Cameron Bancroft has been included following a solid showing in the intra-squad match in Southampton .

“David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have forced their way back in to the Test squad through the excellence of their recent performances,” Hohns said of the trio’s inclusion.

“David and Steve also have the advantage of being proven players at Test level while Cameron has produced impressive numbers for county side Durham this season and his innings in the intra-squad match in Southampton on a tough pitch was outstanding and showed his quality.”

Fellow batsmen Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne will also be tasked with navigating the tricky English conditions.

Wicket-keeper Tim Paine will captain the squad as expected, with Wade set to deputise with the gloves, leaving World Cup standout Alex Carey painfully unlucky to miss out.

Mitchell Marsh, fresh off picking up five wickets in the intra-squad match, is the only all-rounder.

The bowling quartet of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon have all been included, with quicks James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Michael Neser also named.

“James Pattinson has demanded inclusion after impressing everyone on the Australia A tour with his pace and control, following on from a good season at home for Victoria, and he returns to the Test squad, as does Peter Siddle, who has been in fine form in county cricket for Essex,” Hohns said about the inclusions of some fringe pacemen.

Lyon is the only spinner in the squad, with Labuschagne a potential slow-ball option.

As revealed by the Daily Telegraph ‘s Peter Lalor, the team was made aware of the selections via individual meetings with Hohns and coach Justin Langer.

Players were called in, via text, in alphabetical order to be told whether they had made the squad or not, with Carey, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Peter Handscomb, Jon Holland, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski and Chris Tremain the unlucky men to be informed they’d missed out.

Australia’s 17-man Ashes 2019 squad:

Tim Paine (C), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins (VC), Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (VC), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Ashes 2019 schedule:

1 – 5 August – First Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham
7 – 9 August – Tour match, v Worcestershire
14 – 18 August – Second Test, Lord’s, London
22 – 26 August – Third Test, Headingley, Leeds
29 – 31 August – Tour match, v Derbyshire
4 – 8 September – Fourth Test, Old Trafford, Manchester
12 – 16 September – Fifth Test, The Oval, London



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