England selectors announced the squad for the Ashes Test series to be held in Australia later this year on Monday. Three uncapped players - Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire pace bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all rounder Ben Stokes were included in the 17-man squad.
In an official press release by the England & Wales Cricket Board, it was announced that a total of six players who did not take part in the playing eleven during the recent 3-0 Ashes series win at home were named in the squad. Alongside the uncapped Test trio, Michael Carberry, Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett have all been recalled. Carberry played just one Test, against Bangladesh in 2010 while Monty Panesar has represented England in 48 Tests, the last of which was against New Zealand earlier this year. Tremlett had picked up 17 wickets the last time England went to Australia in 2010-11.
Alastair Cook will look to win a fourth Ashes in a row for England, a feat no English team has achieved since 1890.