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Old 23-09-13, 12:33 PM   #10
Des Lynam
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Ashes: Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin in England squad

England have given Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance a surprise call-up to their Ashes squad to tour Australia this winter.

The 23-year-old left-hander, who was born in Zimbabwe, is uncapped at Test level and has only played a single one-day international for England.

All-rounder Ben Stokes and bowler Boyd Rankin, who are also yet to play at Test level, are in the squad as well.

Spinner Monty Panesar and batsman Michael Carberry are also included.
However, seamers Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions miss out, as does opener Nick Compton.

England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Michael Carberry, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (vice-captain), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Monty Panesar, Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett.
Bresnan must be fucked to not even make the squad and I am surprised Onions didn't get in.

The Wicketkeeper cover must be coming from the other squad as I can't believe we would pin it on Bairstow if Prior gets injured.
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