London - Jonathan Trott was on Wednesday named in the England Test squad for
the first time since having to withdraw from the 2013/14 Ashes series
with a stress-related condition.
The South Africa-born batsman, 34, was recalled by the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as part of a 16-man party for a three-Test
tour of the West Indies starting next month.
"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," said national selector James Whitaker in a statement.
"He is a player of proven international pedigree, and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad."
All-rounder Ben Stokes was also included, along with the uncapped
trio of Durham fast bowler Mark Wood, Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid and
Yorkshire opening batsman Adam Lyth.
Captain Alastair Cook returns as well, having been left out of the
50-over squad for the ongoing Cricket World Cup in Australia and New
Zealand, where England crashed out in the first round.
Lyth is likely to compete with Trott for the right to open the batting alongside Cook after Sam Robson was dropped.
Trott flew home from Brisbane 16 months ago and had to abort an
attempted return to first-class cricket last year before flourishing
with Warwickshire in the second half of the 2014 season.
It earned him a call-up for the second-string England Lions' tour of
South Africa and he impressed as captain on his return to his native
country, scoring an unbeaten double-century against South Africa A in
Eight of the players from the World Cup squad retained their places,
but injured pair Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes were not included as they
recover from respective side and foot problems.
"This series marks the start of a busy period of Test Match cricket
for the England team, and I am sure that Alastair and the players will
all be keen to build on the success they enjoyed last summer against
India," Whitaker added.
"Adam, Adil and Mark are all players who have performed impressively
over the last 12 months -- and they will now have an opportunity to push
for a regular place in the Test side's starting line-up."
Lancashire paceman James Anderson stands to win his 100th Test cap in
the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, which
starts on April 13.
England, knocked out of the World Cup by Bangladesh last week, play host
to New Zealand in May and June before resuming hostilities with
Australia in a home Ashes series.
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
England itinerary (date, match, location):
April 6-7, 2-day warm-up, St Kitts
April 8-9, 2-day warm-up, St Kitts
April 13-17, 1st Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
April 21-25, 2nd Test, Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
May 1-5, 3rd Test, Kensington Oval, Barbados