England to name Ashes squad on Wednesday

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England will name their squad to face Australia in the Ashes next Wednesday.

There has been talk of which players will board the plane Down Under for months, but the speculation will finally end next week.

The England touring party will be announced at The Oval at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss this week admitted the tourists will head to Australia with "concerns" over their batting line-up.

Opener Mark Stoneman is expected to be named in the squad, while Tom Westley and Dawid Malan will be hoping the selectors keep the faith.

Haseeb Hameed, another Ashes hopeful, suffered a blow when he fractured a finger during Lancashire's County Championship defeat to Middlesex on Thursday.