• Warne wants Crawley in Ashes squad

    Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne would like to see the uncapped Zak Crawley named in England’s squad for the first Ashes Test, which will get under way at Edgbaston in Birmingham on 1 August.

    Crawley has relished a solid stretch of form for Kent in the 2019 County Championship Division One. The 21-year-old right-hander’s talent was particularly evident during mid-June’s century against Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.

    Warne’s preferred 12-man England squad, meanwhile, did not feature all-rounder Sam Curran, seamer Chris Woakes, leg-spinner Adil Rashid or opening batsman Rory Burns.

    Warne, too, vouched for fast bowler James Pattinson to be named in Australia’s squad for the series opener. Pattinson has not played international cricket for three years, but starred for Australia A against Sussex in Arundel earlier this month.

    Australia have named a 25-man Ashes squad, which includes the South African-born Marnus Labuschagne. All-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were overlooked, while limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been included on the back of an impressive World Cup campaign. The 25 will eventually be trimmed to a final 16.

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