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ASHES SQUAD VERDICT: Jos Buttler needs to prove he is England’s No 1 wicket keeper

England announced their 17-man squad to tour Australia for this year’s Ashes Down Under on Sunday.

The tourists named a largely predictable line-up, with no uncapped player selected to be a part of Joe Root’s bid to win the Ashes for the first time since 2010.

Here, Sportsmail profiles Root’s squad ahead of the five-Test series this winter. 

England’s 17-man squad to tour Australia for this winter’s Ashes tour was named on Sunday

Joe Root (Captain) AGE: 30 TESTS: 109

The world’s No 1 Test batsman will need to reproduce the form that has brought him 1,455 runs in 2021 — more than 500 clear of the pack.

Rory Burns AGE: 31 TESTS: 29

Four scores of 50-plus — and England’s player of the series against New Zealand — and five ducks reflect an inconsistent year.

Haseeb Hameed AGE: 24 TESTS: 6

Signs against India that he and Burns were forming an opening partnership. May need to up his tempo and beware of the bouncy Australian pitches.

England captain Joe Root will need to maintain his outstanding batting form of 2021

England captain Joe Root will need to maintain his outstanding batting form of 2021

Dawid Malan AGE: 34 TESTS: 17

Scored 70 in his first Test for more than three years at Headingley, and averaged above 40 on the last Ashes trip. Could provide solidity at No 3.

Zak Crawley AGE: 23 TESTS: 15

Dropped after the first Test against India, and averages 11 since his 267 against Pakistan. But his back-foot game may suit Australian pitches.

Jonny Bairstow AGE: 32 TESTS: 78

At 32, this will be his last Ashes tour. Easy to forget his hundred at Perth last time because of the fuss over the so-called ‘headbutt’ on Cameron Bancroft.

Ollie Pope AGE: 23 TESTS: 20

Supremely gifted, but needs to turn that talent into consistent Test runs. Should enjoy Australian conditions.

At 32, this tour will be Jonny Bairstow's last trip to Australia. He hit a century at Perth in 2017

At 32, this tour will be Jonny Bairstow’s last trip to Australia. He hit a century at Perth in 2017

Dan Lawrence AGE: 24 TESTS: 8

Still finding his feet, but enjoyed a superb tour of Australia with the England Lions two winters ago.

Jos Buttler (WKT) AGE: 31 TESTS: 53

Finally committed to the tour after concerns about quarantine, and must prove he’s the No 1 keeper-batsman after playing in just six of 12 Tests this year.

Chris Woakes AGE: 32 TESTS: 39

A high-class all-rounder reduced to bit-part status recently. Needs to show he can hack it with the Kookaburra ball.

Jos Buttler must prove he is England's No 1 wicket keeper after committing to the tour

Jos Buttler must prove he is England’s No 1 wicket keeper after committing to the tour

Dom Bess AGE: 24 TESTS: 14

Perhaps fortunate to squeeze out Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson. Hasn’t played a Test since a difficult tour of India, but offers depth with the bat.

Ollie Robinson AGE: 27 TESTS: 5

Historic tweets aside, he enjoyed a stellar first Test summer. His task is to prove the comparisons to Josh Hazlewood extend to Australian pitches.

Craig Overton AGE: 27 TESTS: 6

Looks a better — and slightly faster — bowler than the one who toured Australia four years ago.

Jack Leach AGE: 30 TESTS: 16

Not played a Test since he was England’s leading wicket-taker in India in March. But he is the spinner most likely to give Root control.

Mark Wood is England's only fast bowler but is likely to only be available for three Tests

Mark Wood is England’s only fast bowler but is likely to only be available for three Tests

Mark Wood AGE: 31 TESTS: 21

England’s last remaining fast-and-nasty quick bowler. Fitness record suggests he won’t play more than three Tests.

Stuart Broad AGE: 35 TESTS: 149

Aiming to take part in his fifth series win against Australia, which will be more likely if he continues his 2019 hex over David Warner.

Jimmy Anderson AGE: 39 TESTS: 166

If he can reproduce his 2010-11 Ashes form (24 wickets at 26), England have a chance. Three other visits to Australia have brought 36 at 41.

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