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England's new boys

After England named their squad for the Ashes series in Australia, we take a look at the three uncapped players in the 17-man party

Geoff Miller (L) and Hugh Morris announced the Ashes squad on Monday

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England's selectors sprang something of a surprise by naming three uncapped players in their 17-man squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia.

The selections of Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin ahead of the likes of Chris Woakes and especially Graham Onions raised a few eyebrows, but the biggest shock was the inclusion of Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance.

Here we review the careers so far of the three players in the squad who have not played a Test match for England before.

Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance: Has faced Australian opposition with the England Lions

1989: Born November 22 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

2006: Signs for Derbyshire.
August 6 - Scores 48 on his List A debut against West Indies A.

2007: Joins Yorkshire on an academy contract.

2008: July 11 - Makes his first-class debut against Kent at Canterbury but is dismissed for one and five.

2009: Earns his Yorkshire second XI cap.

2011: September - Scores his maiden County Championship century, 111 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Makes 717 runs at 42.17 despite Yorkshire's relegation to Division Two of the the County Championship, adding 331 at 55.16 in the Clydesdale Bank 40

October - Hits a career-best 210 for Mid-West Rhinos against Southern Rocks in Zimbabwe's Castle Logan Cup.

2012: May 12 - Makes an unbeaten 121 as Yorkshire chase down 400 to beat Gloucestershire, rounding off the chase with a four and two sixes off spinner Ed Young.

Makes 613 runs at 40.86 as Yorkshire are promoted back to Championship Division One and 469 at 58.62 in the CB40. Awarded his Yorkshire county cap.

October - Makes two half-centuries in Yorkshire's Champions League t20 campaign.

2013:February - Earns first England Lions selection.

August - Playing for England Lions, hits 104 against the touring Australians and 115 and 87 against Bangladesh A in a nine-day period.

September 3 - Makes England debut in Twenty20 international against Ireland but is dismissed for a second-ball duck.

September 23 - Named in England's squad for winter Ashes Tour of Australia.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes: Included in Test squad after holding down one-day place

1991: Born June 4 in Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of Kiwi rugby league international Ged Stokes.

2009: May 15 - Makes his Durham debut in a Friends Provident Trophy game against Surrey and bowls out Mark Ramprakash with his third legitimate delivery.

December - Signs two-year contract with Durham.

2010: Makes his first-class debut in the pre-season curtain-raiser against the MCC in Abu Dhabi, making 51 in the first innings.

Finishes the season with 740 Championship runs at 46.25.

2011: April - Takes six for 68 against Hampshire before hitting 135 not out from 145 balls, including five sixes in an over.

May 22 - Hits his first one-day century, 150 not out from 113 balls against Warwickshire.

June 1 - Suffers a fractured and dislocated finger while fielding for Durham against Lancashire, keeping him out for eight weeks before a return as a specialist batsman.

August 25 - Makes his England debut in a one-day international against Ireland.

September 23 - One of three England players handed Twenty20 debuts against the West indies at the Oval, along with Jonny Bairstow and Steven Finn.

2012: Makes 827 Championship runs and takes 37 wickets at 21.47.

2013: February 20 - Sent home from England Lions' tour of Australia for "unprofessional conduct", along with Kent's Matt Coles, after breaching rules on drinking.

September 19 - Part of the Durham side as they clinch the LV= County Championship title with victory over Nottinghamshire.

September 23 - Handed his first Test call-up for England as part of a 17-man squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia.

Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin: Has extensive ODI and T20 experience with Ireland

1984: Born July 5 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

2004: Joins Middlesex.

2006: Makes List A debut as Ireland A lose by 87 runs to Sri Lanka A.

Joins Derbyshire after two years at Middlesex without playing for first team.

2007: January 31 - Makes one-day international debut for Ireland against Bermuda, taking nought for 25 off four overs in a four-wicket win.

February - Makes first-class bow as Ireland beat UAE by an innings and 170 runs in ICC Intercontinental Cup. Rankin takes four for 56 in second innings.

March/April - Part of Ireland squad which claims upset victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh at the World Cup in the West Indies, taking 12 wickets in the tournament.

May - Makes Derbyshire county championship debut against Leicestershire.

October 15 - Signs two-year deal with Warwickshire after turning down contract with Derbyshire.

2008: August - Makes Warwickshire county championship debut against Essex after an injury-hit season.

2009: June 8 - Makes Twenty20 international debut in ICC World Twenty20 as Ireland beat Bangladesh by six wickets.

2011: March 2 - Helps Ireland claim a shock three-wicket win over England at World Cup in India.

August 15 - Called up to England Lions squad and plays in 135-run win over Sri Lanka A.

2012: August - Announces he will retire from international cricket with Ireland in a bid to play Test cricket for England.

2013: June 25 - Makes England debut in T20 defeat to New Zealand at the Oval.

September 3 - Makes England ODI debut and takes ODI-best figures of four for 46 in six-wicket win over Ireland in Dublin.

September 23 - Named in England's squad for winter Ashes Tour of Australia.