Ben Stokes not included in England’s 17-man Ashes squad; Sam Curran also misses Australia tour due to injury | Cricket News

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Ben Stokes will not feature in England’s bid to regain the Ashes in Australia this winter; fellow all-rounder Sam Curran also ruled out due to injury; Zak Crawley and Dom Bess both handed recalls for five-match series beginning on December 8

Last Updated: 10/10/21 12:00pm

Ben Stokes has been ruled out of England's Ashes tour

Ben Stokes has been ruled out of England’s Ashes tour

England have confirmed Ben Stokes will miss the Ashes tour to Australia after omitting the all-rounder from their 17-man squad.

Stokes, who has not featured in Test cricket since England’s tour of India in March, is currently taking an ‘indefinite’ break from the game to focus on his mental health and recover from a finger injury.

Fellow all-rounder Sam Curran has also been left out after a scan revealed a stress fracture in his lower back, but seamer Stuart Broad is included as he continues his recovery from a torn calf.

There are no uncapped players in the squad, which includes recalls for batsman Zak Crawley and off-spinner Dom Bess.

Joe Root’s side will play five Tests against Australia, beginning in Brisbane on December 8.

England Test squad

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Dom Bess (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)

Dan Lawrence (Essex)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Ollie Pope (Surrey)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

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