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England squad announced for Ashes series Down Under
12:56pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
England have recalled spinner Monty Panesar to their squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia along with three uncapped players.
Panesar has not played for his country since a well-publicised incident with bouncers at a Brighton nightclub but has been recalled after a spell on loan at Essex.
Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshires former Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes are the three players in the 17-man party who have yet to play Test cricket.
But there was disappointment for Durham's Graham Onions, who misses out on selection.
Chairman of selectors Geoff Miller said of Stokes: "It's not just about picking the side, he said. You obviously pick players to win the series but we have to think about the future as well, the immediate future and a bit further on.
"He's proved over the last year or so that hes developing his game rapidly, hes an exciting prospect. He comes into the squad to feel the atmosphere and we know hes capable of doing a job for us in the all-rounder position.''
In the battle to provide back-up to first-choice openers Alastair Cook and Joe Root, England opted for Michael Carberry over Nick Compton.
Compton made two centuries in his nine Test appearances before losing his place in the squad following a disappointing series against New Zealand earlier this year, with Root promoted up the order.
Compton, 30, was back amongst the runs this summer after returning to Somerset but that was not enough to earn him an England recall, with 32-year-old Hampshire left-hander Carberry, whose sole Test appearance came against Bangladesh in 2010, getting the nod.
England squad (for the 2013/14 Ashes Series in Australia):
AN Cook (Essex, Captain), MJ Prior (Sussex, Vice Captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), JM Bairstow (Yorkshire), GS Ballance (Yorkshire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), MA Carberry (Hampshire), ST Finn (Middlesex), MS Panesar (Sussex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), WB Rankin (Warwickshire), JE Root (Yorkshire), BA Stokes (Durham), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).
England Performance Programme Squad: MM Ali (Worcestershire), DR Briggs (Hampshire), JC Buttler (Somerset), V Chopra (Warwickshire), BT Foakes (Essex), JAR Harris (Middlesex), CJ Jordan (Sussex), SC Kerrigan (Lancashire), AZ Lees (Yorkshire), TS Mills (Essex), J Overton (Somerset), SD Robson (Middlesex), RJW Topley (Essex), JM Vince (Hampshire), DJ Willey (Northamptonshire), MA Wood (Durham).
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