Ashes: Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin in England squad
England have given Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance a surprise call-up to their Ashes squad to tour Australia this winter.
The 23-year-old left-hander, who was born in Zimbabwe, is uncapped at Test level and has played a solitary one-day international for England.
Gary Ballance in focus
Harare, Zimbabwe, 22 November 1989
1 match (v Ireland, Sep 2013), 0 runs
Division One record in 2013:
13 matches, 995 runs, highest score 141 (average 52.37), 3 centuries
New Zealand-born all-rounder Ben Stokes and ex-Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin, who are yet to play a Test, also make the squad, as do left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, top-order batsman Michael Carberry and seamer Chris Tremlett.
Jonny Bairstow, as well as battling to reclaim the number six spot, will also act as back-up wicketkeeper to vice-captain Matt Prior.
However, seamers Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions miss out on the 17-man squad, along with spinner James Tredwell and opener Nick Compton.
Bresnan is currently sidelined with a stress fracture in his back.
Jonathan AgnewBBC cricket correspondent
"Gary Ballance will put pressure on Jonny Bairstow - if he scores runs in the warm-up matches and Bairstow doesn't, that will make things interesting for the selectors. While Bairstow is favourite to start the first Test, he is yet to find that big score which will nail down his spot in the batting order."
Division One record in 2013:
12 matches, 563 runs, HS 127 (av'ge 28.15), 40 wickets (av'ge 24.82), BB 4-49
"He comes into the squad to feel the atmosphere and we know he's capable of doing a job for us in the all-rounder position."
England have also named a 16-strong performance squad, which will fly to Australia on 14 November and act as back-up to the main party, playing three-day matches in Brisbane and Perth as well as undertaking training and conditioning work.
Miller added: "The England Performance Programme provides an excellent opportunity for those players identified as having considerable talent to train together in an England environment throughout the winter and further develop as cricketers and this is an exciting young squad who have impressed in domestic cricket recently.
"Ballance, Rankin and Stokes have all come through the EPP in recent years and have put in strong performances for their counties and England teams to earn an opportunity to step into the Test environment."
There are three players with limited-overs international experience in the performance squad - spinners Danny Briggs, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and paceman Chris Jordan - along with spinner Simon Kerrigan, who played a solitary Test in this summer's Ashes.
BBC Test Match Special will broadcast exclusive ball-by-ball commentary on the Ashes series.
England Test squad for Australia:
Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Matt Prior (Sussex, vice-captain), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Monty Panesar (Sussex, on loan at Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey).
England performance programme squad:
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Varun Chopra (Warwickshire), Ben Foakes (Essex), James Harris (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Alex Lees (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Essex), Jamie Overton* (Somerset), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northants), Mark Wood* (Durham)
*Overton and Wood will remain in the UK to concentrate on strength and conditioning work
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