The England selectors today named a 16-man tour party under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss for the forthcoming Ashes Test series in Australia with Surrey pace bowler Chris Tremlett and Sussex left-arm spinner Monty Panesar both recalled to the squad.
Tremlett, who won the last of his three Test caps against India in 2007, is recalled to the England set-up for the first time since the tour of New Zealand in 2008, while Panesar wins a place in the tour party after a successful domestic season which saw him take 52 first-class wickets for his new county.
Surrey’s Steven Davies has been named as England’s deputy wicketkeeper behind Sussex’s Matt Prior and is the only member of the squad uncapped at Test level.
The selectors also today named 11 players to be awarded 12-month England central contracts with Warwickshire’s Jonathan Trott and Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn each winning a central contract for the first time. A further five players have been awarded incremental contracts.
Today’s announcement also included the naming of the 16-man England Performance Programme squad, which will be based in Australia in the lead up to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane through until the start of the third Test in Perth.
Michael Carberry, Craig Kieswetter, Ajmal Shahzad and James Tredwell, who have all represented the senior England side over the past 12 months, are among those included.
England Ashes Test squad
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steven Davies, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott