England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named the 16-member squad for the first two games of the Ashes 2023. The team will be captained by Ben Stokes while Chris Woakes along with Dan Lawrence has been added to the team.
The Ashes 2023 is all set to begin from 16th June in Edgbaston followed by the Lord’s Test on 28th June. The third game will be played on July 6th in Leeds whereas the last two games are slated to take place on July 19th and July 27th at Manchester and the Oval respectively.
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The squad is pretty similar to what they have fielded against Ireland in the ongoing one-off Test. Zack Crawley, Ben Duckett, Joe Root and Harry Brook are the specialist batters in the team whereas Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope are the two keepers. Skipper Ben Stokes along with Woakes and Lawrence are the three-rounders.
The pace bowling department is quite formidable as James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Matthew Potts, and Josh Tongue will be handling the pace bowling department while Jack Leach will be the lone spinner in the team.
Here’s England’s squad for the Ashes 2023:
Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Jack Leach, Zak Crawley, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Josh Tongue
Ashes 2023: “The skipper writes his own scripts,” Brendon McCullum on Ben Stokes
England have looked like a completely different side under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. They have instilled a fearless attitude in the players and have won 10 out of their last 12 games. Their Bazball technique has been quite entertaining as it has given them great results.
Brendon McCullum has lauded skipper Ben Stokes for the change in English cricket. He said that the all-rounder will have a great impact in the series and they are lucky to have him as their skipper. He explained:
“The skipper writes his own scripts and this is the biggest stage you can probably get. He has got something up his sleeve. He is going to have to push through the pain barrier at times but we know he is not afraid of that. If he doesn’t bowl a ball he will still have a tremendous impact in this series. He is an absolute beauty and we are so lucky to have him as our captain.”
England’s real test will be against Australia and it remains to be seen how they go against them. They will assemble in Birmingham on Monday 12 June and will begin their practice at Edgbaston on Tuesday 13 June.