Hussain names three stars omitted from Ashes squad England should have picked

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has named the uncapped Lancashire trio of Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone as players he would have picked for the Ashes.

However, England have decided against selecting any uncapped players in their squad, with all 17 featuring in Test match cricket at some point this year.

In his latest column for the Daily Mail, Hussain said: "The two surprises for me were overlooking Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.

"Saqib would have given a different element to the attack in Australian conditions with his skiddy reverse swing, in the absence of the pace of Jofra Archer and Olly Stone.

"And I would have gone for Parkinson’s leg-spin instead of Dom Bess. I would have liked a bit of wrist spin available to me as captain — if not Parkinson, then Mason Crane.

"But Chris Silverwood and Joe Root like loyalty and consistency in selection, so have stuck with their two capped spinners.

"I’d also have taken a punt on Liam Livingstone, an in-your-face, confident cricketer in the mould of Kevin Pietersen and Ben Stokes.

"He’s someone who could take the attack to the opposition from his natural, middle-order position."

All three players are expected to be selected in the England Lions squad later this week.

That squad will tour Australia at the same time as the senior team to help with their preparation and provide injury cover, playing two warm-up games against the full squad.

And Hussain believes England should also be prepared to draft in a player from the Lions squad if they need to.

He added: "Tours are not as rigid as they used to be and if the team management feel they need something different, such as Saqib, Parkinson or a different opener, they shouldn’t be afraid to draft in a player from the concurrent England Lions tour."

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