17th July 2019

England name Woakes and Stone in squad for the inaugural Ireland Test match

England National Cricket Selectors have named Warwickshire's Chris Woakes and Olly Stone in a 13-strong squad for the Specsavers Test match against Ireland at Lord’s starting on Wednesday July 24.

England Test squad versus Ireland

  • Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
  • Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
  • Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)
  • Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
  • Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
  • Rory Burns (Surrey)
  • Sam Curran (Surrey)
  • Joe Denly (Kent)
  • Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
  • Jack Leach (Somerset)
  • Jason Roy (Surrey)
  • Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
  • Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Warwickshire seamer Stone, who made his England’s ODI debut last winter in Sri Lanka, earns his second call up to the Test squad. The fast bowler returned to action from a back injury by taking a five-wicket haul in the first innings of our recent Specsavers County Championship match away to Hampshire.  To date, the 25-year-old pace has taken 123 first-class wickets at 25 apiece.

Surrey batsman Jason Roy, who has been a mainstay of England’s white ball squad for the past few years, has been called up to the Test squad for the first time.

Somerset bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory earns his first call-up to the Test squad after impressing for Somerset and the England Lions over the past few seasons. The 27-year-old has been in fine form this campaign taking 44 wickets at an average of 13.88. He is currently captaining the England Lions against Australia XI in a tour match at Canterbury.

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler and Durham’s Ben Stokes are rested after their exploits in England’s ICC Cricket World Cup final success.

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood (left side strain) and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer (left side strain) were not considered for selection. Wood is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks following the injury he sustained in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Archer, who has yet to make his England debut in Test cricket, will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Specsavers Ashes Test Series. He will have a short break in Barbados before returning to the UK later this month.

After playing a pivotal role in England’s ICC Cricket World Cup triumph, Archer has been awarded an increment contract by the ECB for the next 12 months.

A squad of 16 players will attend a pre-Ashes training camp this weekend at St George’s Park, the Football Association’s national football centre based at Burton-Upon-Trent.

  • Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
  • Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)
  • Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
  • Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
  • Rory Burns (Surrey)
  • Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
  • Sam Curran (Surrey)
  • Joe Denly (Kent)
  • Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
  • Jack Leach (Somerset)
  • Joe Root (Yorkshire)
  • Jason Roy (Surrey)
  • Ben Stokes (Durham)
  • Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
  • Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
  • Mark Wood (Durham)

The final squad for the first Specsavers Ashes Test will be named in due course.

 

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