England selectors today announced a 13-man squad for the 1st Investec Ashes Test beginning on Wednesday July 8 at the SSE SWALEC, Cardiff. “Just in case something happens to one of those guys we’ve got someone there ready to go.”
Rashid was told before England went off to their training camp in Spain that he was very much in contention, but that it was felt he was better off playing in Yorkshire’s championship match against Durham.
1st Investec Test: England v Australia at Cardiff on Jul 8-12, 2015
(11:00 local | 10:00 GMT)
As in the Ashes, Shane Watson saved his best until last to enable Australia to end their almost four-month stay in England with silverware as they wrapped up the NatWest series with a convincing 49-run victory. Ashes 2015: England squad announced, Adil Rashid surprise inclusion for first Test against Australia
England squad for the first Test: Alastair Cook (capt), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn.
Australia squad for the first Test:
Michael Clarke (c),Steve Smith (vc),Brad Haddin (wk),Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins†, Josh Hazlewood, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson,Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges,David Warner, Shane Watson.
England vs Australia:
Wed 8–Sun 12 July – 1st Investec Ashes Test – SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
Thu 16–Mon 20 July – 2nd Investec Ashes Test – Lord’s
Wed 29 July–Sun 2 Aug – 3rd Investec Ashes Test – Edgbaston
Thu 6–Mon 10 Aug – 4th Investec Ashes Test – Trent Bridge
Thu 20–Mon 24 Aug – 5th Investec Ashes Test – Kia Oval
Mon 31 Aug – NatWest International T20 – SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
Thu 3 Sept – 1st Royal London ODI (D/N) – Ageas Bowl
Sat 5 Sept – 2nd Royal London ODI – Lord’s
Tue 8 Sept – 3rd Royal London ODI (D/N) – Emirates Old Trafford
Fri 11 Sept – 4th Royal London ODI – Headingley
Sun 13 Sept – 5th Royal London ODI – Emirates Old Trafford
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