Ashes 2015: Australia announces squad to tour England

Middlesex captain Adam Voges and Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed have been included in Australia’s 17-man Test squad to play England this summer.

Fawad, 33, is selected as the second spinner ahead of Ashton Agar, who broke the record for the highest score by a Test number 11 against England in 2013.

Voges, 35, was voted the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year, having made 1,358 runs at an average of 104.46.

The first of five Ashes Tests begins in Cardiff on Wednesday, 8 July.

Prior to that, Australia will play a two-match series against the West Indies, beginning on 5 June.

“Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed had sensational seasons at domestic level and their performances just couldn’t be ignored,” said national selector Rod Marsh.

“We believe that both can play important roles in the side if required.”

Fawad claimed asylum in Australia in 2010 and his citizenship application was fast-tracked three years later.

He has played in three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for Australia, but is yet to make his Test debut.

Michael Clarke will captain the Test side having led Australia to their fifth World Cup title with victory over New Zealand in his final one-day international on Sunday.

Bowler Ryan Harris will not travel to the West Indies as his wife is pregnant with their first child, but has been included in the Ashes squad.

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