England have just arrived in Australia for the 2017 Ashes tour.
England: team news
The Australians have had to repress their glee at the absence of vital England player Ben Stokes, who won’t be playing in the tournament. Stokes’s absence is due to being arrested on suspicion of causing Actual Bodily Harm after an altercation near a Bristol nightclub 26th September. Stokes has been released without charge but is still under investigation. Stokes’ absence will big a big blow to the England side and could prove to cost England the series…. Watch this space.
Australia: team news
Australia’s fast bowler James Pattinson will be taking a break from cricket – for how long remains to be seen. This is following problems with a lower back stress fracture. CA science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said:
“Whilst this is very disappointing that James has reaggravated this old injury, we are confident that he can recover from this and return to playing.”
A bit of history surrounding The Ashes
The Ashes is a cricket series involving England and Australia, who meet roughly every 2 years – the winners are the recipients of one of the most prestigious trophies in sport, the Ashes urn.
The Ashes began back in 1882 when England were defeated by Australia at home for the first time. This was a landmark defeat and instigated The Sporting Times newspaper to publish a joke story surrounding ‘the death of English cricket’ and said that the English cricket ashes would be burnt, with the ashes being sent to Australia. The next time England toured Australia, the ashes became a real phenomenon – 2 bails burned to form the now famous urn.
England squad for Ashes tour of Australia
Joe Root (capt, Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Ben Foakes (wk, Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
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