The England selectors Thursday named a 16-man tour party under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss for the forthcoming Ashes Test Series in Australia with Surrey pace bowler Chris Tremlett and Sussex left-arm spinner Monty Panesar both recalled to the squad.
Tremlett, who won the last of his three Test caps against India in 2007, is recalled to the England set up for the first time since the tour of New Zealand in 2008. While Panesar wins a place in the tour party after a successful domestic season which saw him take 52 First-Class wickets for his new county.
Surrey’s Steven Davies has been named as England s deputy wicketkeeper behind Sussex s Matt Prior and is the only member of the squad uncapped at Test level. Kevin Pietersen who was dropped from the one-day squad in the just concluded ODI series against Pakistan has also been recalled to the side.
England Ashes Test squad: Andrew Strauss (C) (Middlesex),Alastair Cook (VC) (Essex),James Anderson ( Lancashire ),Ian Bell (Warwickshire),Tim Bresnan ( Yorkshire ),Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire),Paul Collingwood ( Durham ),Steven Davies (wk) ( Surrey ),Steven Finn (Middlesex),Eoin Morgan (Middlesex),Monty Panesar (Sussex ),Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire),Matt Prior (wk) Sussex ), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire),Chris Tremlett ( Surrey ),Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).
The Selectors also named eleven players to be awarded 12-month England central contracts with Warwickshires Jonathan Trott and Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn each winning a central contract for the first time. A further five players have been awarded incremental contracts.
The announcement also included the naming of the 16-man England Performance Programme (EPP) squad which will be based in Australia in the lead up to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane through until the start of the third Test in Perth. Michael Carberry, Craig Kieswetter, Ajmal Shahzad and James Tredwell, who have all represented the senior England side over the past 12 months, are among those included.
Commenting on the selections, National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: “We believe weve selected an outstanding Test squad for what will be a fiercely contested Ashes series in Australia. In order to retain the Ashes we will need to play to a very high level and we believe we’ve selected a squad to do just that.
“Clearly there are always difficult decisions to make when selecting an England squad and this Ashes squad was no different. We feel that Chris Tremletts inclusion will add a real threat of pace and bounce to our bowling attack given the conditions in Australia. Chris will be vying for a place in the final team amongst a confident attack including James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn.
“We feel that following an excellent season with Sussex Monty Panesar deserves his opportunity to assume the role as England’s second spinner behind Graeme Swann. Monty has gone away and worked on his bowling since his last England appearance and he continues to be an attacking threat with the ball in his hand.”
England captain, Andrew Strauss, said: I am excited by the Test squad we have selected for the upcoming Ashes series as I firmly believe we have a number of match winners across all areas of the squad.
“It’s exciting to have the Ashes as our sole focus from this point on and I know every member of this Ashes squad will be relishing the challenge of retaining the Ashes in Australia.
“To captain England in an Ashes series Down Under is a huge honour and something I am looking forward to with enormous anticipation. We realise the challenge ahead of us in Australia but it is a test we welcome and look forward to meeting head on.‑Reuters