England have called-up uncapped duo Mark Stoneman and Mason Crane in the 13-man squad that will feature in the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston which will also be the inaugural day-night contest in the country.
Surrey opener Stoneman is currently positioned second in the leading run-scorer in this season of County Championship Division One with 828 runs from nine matches at an average close to 60 and a highest score of 197 while Hampshire leg-spinner Crane has 16 wickets from five games this season.
The duo will take the place of Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson in the squad that featured in the recently concluded series against South Africa which England went on to win 3-1.
Jennings featured in all four games of the series and managed just 127 runs at an average of 15.87 against the Proteas while Dawson managed just five wickets in the two games.
Also returning to the squad is all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has recovered from the side strain and now will take the place of Steven Finn, who failed to get a single game in the four match series against Faf du Plessis' men.
National selector James Whitaker insisted that both Stoneman and Crane deserved their selection following their impressive performances in the county circuit.
“After an excellent series victory over South Africa, our first against them on home soil since 1998, we now look forward to building on our success against the West Indies.
“Selectors would like to offer their congratulations to Mark Stoneman and Mason Crane who thoroughly deserve their opportunity in the squad."
Whitaker also expressed confidence on Jennings' ability to find form with Durham.
“Keaton Jennings will return to Durham and will look to recapture the form that earned him selection in the first place. I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season.
“Chris Woakes has proved his fitness and returns to the squad having missed most of the summer through injury. He was impressive in his return game at Lord’s this week and if selected in the final line-up, he will be relishing the prospect of playing on his home ground.
“On behalf of the selectors, I would like to wish Joe Root, Trevor Bayliss and all the squad the very best for what will be an exciting series against West Indies.”
The first of the three Test will be played between 17th and 21st August in Birmingham.
England squad for first Test against West Indies:
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Chris Woakes.
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