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England bring in Footitt for Ashes training squad

Mark Footitt is the only uncapped player in the squad. Credit: PA

Derbyshire's left-arm seamer Mark Footitt has been named in a 14-man Ashes training squad.

England will take the players for a pre-Ashes camp in Spain ahead of the series against Australia.

Alastair Cook (Essex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Mark Footitt (Derbyshire), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham)

Australia on top after opening day of fourth Ashes Test

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon stole the show and took four wickets on a sluggish pitch to reduce England to 238 for nine on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England captain Alastair Cook top-scored after grinding his way to 51 from 164 balls before he was trapped lbw by Jackson Bird.

England clinched the Ashes at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Pietersen and Panesar in squad for third Ashes Test

England have announced a 14-man squad for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, with Kevin Pietersen retaining his place despite concerns over his fitness.

Spinner Monty Panesar has been recalled to the England squad Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett and James Taylor are also included, with Steven Finn and Graham Onions dropping out.

Batsman Taylor has been drafted into the squad in case Pietersen fails to recover from a calf strain to play in the Test, which begins on Thursday.

Cameron sends good luck Ashes message to England

David Cameron has set his sights on fresh British sporting success in "the big one" - as England's cricketers attempt to retain the Ashes.

The Prime Minister, who cheered on Andy Murray to Wimbledon victory and entertained the tennis ace at a Downing Street reception, sent a good luck message to Alastair Cook's team ahead of tomorrow's first Test against Australia.

England cricket fans will hope that the "Curse of Cameron" - which has resulted in failure for British sporting hopes in the past - has been laid to rest following Murray's triumph in SW19 which was watched from the Royal Box by the Prime Minister.

Cook will lead England against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in the first of five Tests, with the home team favourites to retain the Ashes.

In a message released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Mr Cameron said: "It is now time for the big one - the Ashes."

The Prime Minister offered "the best of luck from everyone at Downing Street to Alastair Cook and the boys".


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