London - Mark Stoneman is set to become Alastair Cook's latest England opening
partner after being selected to make his debut in next week's day/night
first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston.
Surrey batsman Stoneman was included in a 13-man squad announced Thursday from which the struggling Keaton Jennings was dropped.
Durham opener only averaged 15.87 in eight innings during England's
recent 3-1 series win over his native South Africa, which concluded with
a 177-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday.
Surrey batsman Stoneman, a former Durham team-mate of Jennings, is in
line to become Cook's 12th partner at the top of the order in five years
since the retirement of former captain Andrew Strauss.
30-year-old Stoneman has scored 1 000 runs in first-class cricket this
season, including a highest score of 197, while averaging 58.82 with
By replacing Jennings, Stoneman will form another
all-left-handed combination at the top of England's order with Cook in a
match that starts at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on Thursday, July
Meanwhile Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane has been called
into a Test squad for the first time having also impressed in England's
first-class County Championship this season.
would like to offer their congratulations to Mark Stoneman and Mason
Crane who thoroughly deserve their opportunity in the squad," said
England selector James Whitaker in an England and Wales Cricket Board
The former England batsman had some words of
consolation for Jennings, saying: "Keaton Jennings will return to Durham
and will look to recapture the form that earned him selection in the
"I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season."
again pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes has replaced Steven Finn in
the squad for a match on his Warwickshire home ground that will be the
first day/night Test ever staged in England.
Woakes has fully recovered from a side strain sustained during the Champions Trophy in June and has missed most of the season.
he made a return to the County Championship earlier this week, where he
took five wickets in the match and scored 53 in the second innings as
Warwickshire beat Middlesex at Lord's.
"He was impressive in his
return game at Lord's this week and if selected in the final line-up, he
will be relishing the prospect of playing on his home ground," said
Whitaker of Woakes.
The West Indies campaign will see Joe Root, in
conjunction with coach Trevior Bayliss, looking to carry on from where
he left off after his first Test series as England captain ended in a
"On behalf of the selectors, I would like to
wish Joe Root, Trevor Bayliss and all the squad the very best for what
will be an exciting series against West Indies," said Whitaker.
Edgbaston day/night match is the first of three Tests between England
and the West Indies, with the teams meeting again at Headingley before
the series concludes at Lord's.
England squad for the first Test against the West Indies:
Alastair Cook (Essex), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Tom Westley (Essex), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mason Crane (Hampshire)
August 17-21: England v West Indies, 1st Test, Edgbaston
August 25-29: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley
September 07-11: England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's