Faulkner, Rogers in new 16-man Ashes squad; Maxwell, Henriques miss out chance

Sydney, Apr 24 (ANI): Veteran Australian cricketer Chris Rogers and young all-rounder James Faulkner are the new faces in the 16-man squad for the 2013 Ashes Test series against England in July and August, which has been announced today by chairman of selectors John Inverarity.

Although Rogers had been out of favour with national selectors since playing his sole Test against India in 2008, his vast experience and exposure to English conditions has won him selection in Australia's touring squad, News.com.au reports.

The other new face, the left-armer Faulkner had taken eight wickets 26.37 in five one-day internationals and three wickets at 17.50 in three Twenty20 matches for Australia, for which he was selected for the Ashes, the report added.

However, the report said, the selection panel had named just one specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, while omitting promising Western Australian rookie Ashton Agar along with Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith, who have been present during the dismal Indian tour.

The report also said that Brad Haddin will also be the first choice wicketkeeper, apart from being captain Michael Clarke's deputy, ahead of incumbent Matthew Wade who had a poor tour of India.

According to the report, veteran Ryan Harris has also been selected for the Ashes squad.

The resultant 16-man squad for the Ashes is Michael Clarke (captain), Haddin (vice captain), Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Faulkner, Harris, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Lyon, James Pattinson, Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Wade, David Warner and Shane Watson, the report added. (ANI)