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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:00:00 GMT | By Star Sports

Ballance, Rankin, Stokes in England Ashes squad

England today announced a 17-member squad for the upcoming Ashes series which begins in November in Australia, as reported at the official website of the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board).

Ballance, Rankin, Stokes in England Ashes squad

“England selectors today named a 17-man squad for the Ashes Test series in Australia including three players uncapped at Test level – Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire pace bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes,” the report said.

“In total six players are included in the squad who did not feature in an XI during the recent 3-0 Investec Ashes series victory. Alongside the uncapped Test trio, Michael Carberry, Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett have all been recalled”

The England selector have also announced the England Performance Programme (EPP) squad. The England Performance Programme will spend a period training at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough followed by a month in Australia.

National selector Geoff Miller was quoted as saying, “We are fully aware that the Ashes series will once again be fiercely contested and that this squad will need to work extremely hard and play to a very high level to retain the Ashes and we believe we have selected a squad capable of doing just that.

“Tim Bresnan has not been named in the squad and is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture in his back. He will travel to Australia with the squad to maximise his rehab opportunities with the medical team and coaches who will monitor his progress.

“The England Performance Programme provides an excellent opportunity for those players identified as having considerable talent to train together in an England environment throughout the winter and further develop as cricketers and this is an exciting young squad who have impressed in domestic cricket recently.

England won the Ashes for a third consecutive time recently. The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on November 21.

England Ashes squad: Alastair Cook (Captain), Matt Prior (Wicketkeeper), James Anderon, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott

England Performance Programme Squad: Moeen Ali, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Varun Chopra, Ben Foakes, James Harris, Chris Jordan, Simon Kerrigan, Alex Lees, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, Sam Robson, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood

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