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England Call Up Ali, Jordan, Robson

Chris Jordan celebrates a wicket
Chris Jordan has earned a call-up to the England Test squad after a series of impressive performances this season
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England have named uncapped trio Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and Sam Robson in their 12-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

At least two of those will make their debut at Lord's when the first Test of the summer begins on 12th June.

Yorkshire all-rounder Liam Plunkett is back in the Test squad some seven years after playing his last Test in 2007.

Both Ali and Jordan have made good starts to their international careers in limited overs cricket and both have also been in good form for their counties in the LV= County Championship.

Australian-born Robson enjoyed a prolific run of form in 2013 and has continued to impress at the top of the order for Middlesex and will be expected to open alongside Alastair Cook.

His inclusion, along with batsmen Ali, Ian Bell and Joe Root, all of whom have either opened or batted high up the order during the careers, means that Michael Carberry has missed out.

Others not making it are Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel while no specialist spinner has been named.

And talk of a surprise recall for James Foster behind the stumps, or a call-up for Jos Buttler, proved wide of the mark as Matthew Prior returns following a successful recent comeback for Sussex.

"The selectors would like to congratulate all the players selected in the squad for the 1st Investec Test against Sri Lanka," National Selector James Whitaker said.

"We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of both the County and England Performance Programme coaches in helping to develop the talents of Sam Robson, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes.

"All four have carried their exciting winter form into the domestic season to earn well deserved recognition.

"We believe that this group of emerging talent will be very well complimented by the established core of experienced players that have been selected," he added.

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matthew Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes

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