Stoneman gets England call for Windies opener as Jennings dropped

 

Stoneman gets England call for Windies opener as Jennings dropped
England's Keaton Jennings walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 48 on day 4 of the third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval (AFP)

London - The 30-year-old Stoneman has scored 1,000 runs in first-class cricket this season

By AFP

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Published: Thu 10 Aug 2017, 8:30 PM

Last updated: Fri 11 Aug 2017, 1:50 PM

Mark Stoneman is set to make his England debut in next week's day/night first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston after being included in a 13-man squad announced on Thursday from which Keaton Jennings was dropped.
Struggling Durham opener Jennings 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.
Now Surrey batsman Stoneman, a former Durham team-mate of Jennings, is in line to become Alastair Cook's 12th opening partner since the retirement of former captain Andrew Strauss in 2012.
The 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 three centuries.
By replacing Jennings, Stoneman will form another all-left-handed combination at the top of England's order with Cook.
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.
Fit again pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes replaces Steven Finn in a squad for a match on his Warwickshire home ground that will be the first day/night Test ever staged in England.
The fixture, which starts on Thursday, August 17, is the first of a three-Test series that continues at Headingley and 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)
Fixtures
Aug 17-21: England v West Indies, 1st Test, Edgbaston
Aug 25-29: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley
Sep 07-11: England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's


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