Tom Westley, Keaton Jennings and Mark Wood on Ashes standby after being named in England Lions squad

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Keaton Jennings missed the cut for England's 16-man Ashes squad (Source: Getty)

Batsman Tom Westley, opener Keaton Jennings and pace bowler Mark Wood will be on hand in Australia should they be required to feature in the Ashes after being named in the England Lions squad for their training camp Down Under.

England’s second string will be based in Brisbane from 14 November before flying to Perth on 30 November and will shadow their senior counterparts for much of their Ashes tour.

Westley, Jennings and injury-plagued Wood, who remains troubled by an ankle problem, all missed the cut for England’s 16-man squad for the series against Australia, which gets underway on 23 November at The Gabba.

But with uncertainly surrounding Test vice-captain Ben Stokes following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm last week and subsequent indefinite suspension from England duty, reinforcements may be required.

England will also been keen to cover bases should injury strike mid-tour, with access to players fully acclimatised to time difference and conditions a major positive.

Ashes tours are also unpredictable. During the 2013/14 tour, during which Australia whitewashed England, Jonathan Trott returned home due to a stress-related illness and Graeme Swann announced his retirement.

Also in the 17-man England Lions party are Ben Duckett, who made his senior Test debut last winter, and explosive Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone, who has been tipped as a potential replacement for Stokes should he be forced out of the tour.

Batsman Dan Lawrence and seamer Jamie Porter, both part of Essex’s championship-winning side, are included, as are Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins and Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke.

Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed has not been considered as he continues his recovery from surgery on a fractured finger.

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