Stoneman & Crane Called Up By England

Stoneman & Crane Called Up By England

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman replaces Keaton Jennings in England’s Test squad and is set to make his debut against a pink ball in the inaugural day/night Test to be played in England.

The 30-year-old former Durham man has been in consistent form this season scoring 1,000 runs in first-class cricket, including a top score of 197 and averaging 58.82 with three centuries.

He replaces Jennings, who after a strong start to his career in India endured a torrid series against South Africa, averaging 15.87.

Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane is included for the first time after impressing this season in the County Championship and earning his first cap in the England IT20 squad back in June.

Chris Woakes returns to the squad in place of Steven Finn. Woakes, who has fully recovered from a side strain sustained during the ICC Champions Trophy in June, has missed most of the season, but 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 helping Warwickshire to victory over Middlesex at Lord’s.

James Whitaker, the England’s national selector, said: “After an excellent series victory over South Africa, our first against them on home soil since 1998, we now look forward to building on our success against the West Indies.

“Selectors would like to offer their congratulations to Mark Stoneman and Mason Crane who thoroughly deserve their opportunity in the squad.

“Keaton Jennings will return to Durham and will look to recapture the form that earned him selection in the first place. I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season.

“Chris Woakes has proved his fitness and returns to the squad having missed most of the summer through injury. 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.

“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.”

Whitaker did not mention Liam Dawson, who after two Tests as England’s “No.1 spinner” has been replaced in the squad by his clubmate Crane.

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