Footitt named in Ashes training squad


England have named a 14-man training squad for a four-day camp in Spain ahead of the Ashes, and have included uncapped Derbyshire seamer Mark Footitt as a left-hander option.

This is Footitt's first call-up to the squad, and he joins Liam Plunkett, Steve Finn, James Anderson and Stuart Broad as the pace options, with Ben Stokes the seaming all-rounder.

There is no space for spinner Adil Rashid though, despite his efforts in the ODI series against New Zealand, though that is not a definite sign that he won't be called up for the Ashes.

The camp starts on 27 June, and new coach Trevor Bayliss will use it as a chance to get to know his players ahead of the series against his countrymen.

Andrew Strauss, Director of England cricket, said: "With Trevor Bayliss arriving in the country next Thursday, Trevor, Alastair and I felt it important that both players and management likely to be involved in the early stages of the Investec Ashes have chance to meet him and fully understand his approach prior to meeting up for the start of the Test series.  

"With that in mind, we have arranged a preparation camp in Spain. This will involve a combination of physical and fielding sessions and planning meetings in an informal environment in order to provide the best possible lead up to the first Test in Cardiff.

"The squad for the first Test will be announced within a few of days of returning from the camp."

Training squad: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steve Finn, Mark Footitt, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood