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Ashes: England's bowling attack will be hitting new heights in Australia

Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Boyd Rankin all included for defence of the urn

Steven Finn: England seamer made Ashes squad despite mixed international career to date

In their Ashes squad, England have selected a quartet of the tallest seam bowlers to represent the country.

But how will they measure up against their more vertically-challenged opponents on the pitch?

Stuart Broad (6ft 6in)

He may be the 'smallest' of England's giants, but with 217 wickets in 62 Tests Broad has the right pedigree.

He will not be short of motivation, after missing England's surge to glory three years ago because of injury in Adelaide, and is likely to relish the attention of partisan home crowds after his eventful summer.

Ashes-clinching spells at The Oval in 2009 and Chester-le-Street in 2013 are two more encouraging chapters in his CV.

Steven Finn (6ft 7in)

Before his difficult summer, Finn was England's incumbent third seamer.

But his off-colour performance in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, and nothing compelling since, means he will have to fight to retain his place in the pecking order behind first-choice pair Broad and James Anderson.

The selectors are happy to persevere with Finn as he offers the rare combination of 90mph-plus pace to go with his height.

Chris Tremlett (6ft 8in)

If Chris Tremlett returns to the fearsome form of 2010/11, Australia will be licking their wounds again.

Injury has curtailed his international career throughout, though, and restricted him to just 11 Tests in six years.

At 32, it is illogical to expect him to be at the height of his powers. But England will be delighted if they can extract one more big series, or even part of one, out of him.

Boyd Rankin (6ft 8in)

After his maiden England campaign in the NatWest Series, there is a consensus that the Irishman may just be the bowler who is getting coach and captain most excited.

Rankin slants the ball in a little, has had his injuries in the past, and there is a suspicion there is a fair bit that can go wrong. If he keeps his radar and his body intact, England may nonetheless have found an unexpected joker in the pack.

Who was most unlucky to miss out on England's Ashes tour squad?

  • Nick Compton
  • Graham Onions
  • James Taylor
  • Chris Woakes
  • Other