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by Andrew Wood Thursday 20 July 2017
Essex batsman Tom Westley is all set to make his England debut after he was named in the squad for the third Test against South Africa at The Oval.
Westley has scored 478 runs from eight games this season at an average of 53 and also notched an unbeaten century in the warm-up game against the Proteas while representing England Lions.
The 28-year-old will replace Gary Ballance in the line-up at number three after the latter was ruled out of the game with a broken index finger that he sustained in the second game at Trent Bridge.
Apart from Westley, Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan is also called up to the squad after scoring 425 runs from six games this season.
The 29-year-old earlier made his Twenty20 International debut for England during the third game of the series against South Africa in which he scored a match-winning 78 off 44 deliveries that earned him the man of the match award.
Malan's inclusion in the side will depend on whether they will need the second spinner in Liam Dawson, who managed five wickets from the two games.
The series is currently levelled at 1-1 after South Africa bounced back from the defeat in the first game with a massive 340-run victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
England squad for third Test:
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Liam Dawson, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Tom Westley, Mark Wood.
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