The 35-year-old has been added to the squad for the first Tests and looks certain to play in the opening game at Edgbaston from Friday, June 16
“We spoke to him, and he agreed,” said Rob Key, managing director of England men’s cricket.
“He will join the squad in a couple of days. His experience will benefit our Ashes campaign,” he added. In 64 Tests, he has scored 2900 runs and taken 195 wickets.
England squad for first two Ashes Tests: Ben Stokes (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood