Rated: England's 14 players out to regain the Ashes from Australia - in pictures

Batting issues and who to leave out of the bowlers - captain Joe Root and the selectors have a lot to think about

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Home is where the heart has been for England in recent Ashes series.

They have won the past four home Test contests with Australia, stretching back to 2005, and captain Joe Root is looking to make it five in a row when the 2019 series begins on Thursday with the first Test at Edgbaston.

A 14-man squad has been named for the action in Birmingham, with decisions to be made over the bowling attack and also the problem area of the top three.

Jason Roy made his debut at the top of order against Ireland, while Rory Burns struggled alongside him.

Joe Denly, with mitigating circumstances, had a Test to forget against Ireland, while the argument for Root to move up from No 4 to bat at No 3 to balance the side was also highlighted in the Irish encounter.

Cricket World Cup hero Jofra Archer, 24, has been included in a Test squad for the first time, jostling for a place in the side to face Australia.

Check out the 17 players in the gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.