Stoneman set for England debut at Edgbaston

Mark Stoneman during nets at Edgbaston
Mark Stoneman during nets at Edgbaston

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman is set to make his debut for England after he was named in the line-up for the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.

The 30-year-old will become the 15th player to partner Alastair Cook at the top and will replace Keaton Jennings, who had an ordinary series against South Africa.

Chris Woakes, who recently retired from a side strain along with uncapped Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane are the only two players from the 13-man squad to miss out on the inaugural day-night Test match in the country.

England skipper Joe Root is backing Stoneman to transform his form in county cricket at international level.

"He's obviously got a huge amount of runs under his belt this season and in previous seasons as well.

"He's got a very well-rounded game and he's a bit more experienced having played a lot of county cricket.

"I'm excited to see him and I'd like to think he'll get a very good opportunity and some good game time with England. This is a great opportunity for him to go out and prove how good he is."

England line-up for first Test:

Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, James Anderson

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