Jonathan Trott Returns To England Test Squad For West Indies Tour
Jonathan Trott has made a comeback to the England Test squad for the tour of West Indies scheduled next month.
Trott, who has not played international cricket since leaving the Ashes tour of Australia in late 2014, citing stress-related issue, had a good season for Warwickshire and England Lions which prompted the selectors to draft him back in the squad.
As well as recalling Trott, the selectors have named three uncapped players in Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.
Lyth has been having a prolific run in the county season while Rashid provides an all-round leg-spin option to the bowling attack which also features James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett.
Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Ian Bell will form the core of batting along with Trott and the skipper Alastair Cook, who makes a return to international cricket after being sacked as One-Day International captain.
Jos Buttler has been named front-line wicket-keeper with Jonny Bairtstow as a back-up option.
James Taylor, who had a decent run in Australia, has been left-out of the squad.
Brushing aside the World Cup debacle, national selector James Whitaker expressed confidence on the current squad to perform well.
"This series marks the start of a busy period of Test match cricket for the England team.
"I am sure that Alastair and the players will all be keen to build on the success they enjoyed last summer against India."
Lavishing praise on Trott, Whitaker was pleased to have the in-form 33-year-old back in the England squad.
"Jonathan Trott produced some outstanding performances for Warwickshire last summer, scoring five centuries, and also made an unbeaten double hundred during the recent successful England Lions tour.
"He is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad."
Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, who sustained side strain and foot injury respectively miss the 16-man squad, however they are expected to be fit for the New Zealand series.
The first of the three Tests against West Indies begins on 13th April at North Sound.
England Test squad for West Indies tour: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Mark Wood.
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