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18-Jul-2019 06:15:00 GMT
Eng vs Ire, only Test, The Lord's

Roy named in England squad for Ireland Test

London: Jason Roy has been named in England's Test squad for the first time for the match against Ireland at Lord's, which starts on 24 July.

Roy scored 443 runs as an opener in England's triumphant World Cup campaign, but is not a regular top-order batsman in red-ball cricket.

Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory has also been called up for the first time.

England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson is also included despite injuring his calf earlier in July.

Should he play, Roy is likely to open the batting with Surrey team-mate Rory Burns, who made his Test debut last winter.

Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were not considered for selection because both players have left side strains.

Durham's Wood is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks after injuring himself in Sunday's World Cup final.

A number of England's World Cup winners rested for the one-off Test against Ireland have been included in a 16-man pre-Ashes training camp this weekend.

All-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will not feature at Lord's, while Archer will have a "period of rest" before being considered for Ashes selection.

England and Ireland have never faced each other in a Test.

It will be England's first red-ball match of the home summer, before the Ashes series against Australia begins on 1 August.

England squad for Ireland Test:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

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