Cook and Westley named in England squad for West Indies series


Essex batsmen Alastair Cook and Tom Westley have been named in the England squad for the Test series against West Indies that begins next week.

Westley retains his place after making his debut at The Oval and impressing in the series against South Africa.

Surrey’s top order batsman Mark Stoneman replaces Keaton Jennings and is set to earn his first cap in the inaugural day/night Test to be played in this country.

The former Durham opener 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.

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.

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes returns to the squad in place of Middlesex’s Steven Finn. Woakes, who has fully recovered from a side strain sustained during the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

James Whitaker, the 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.”

England National Cricket Selectors have named the following 13-man squad for the first Investec Test match against West Indies starting at Edgbaston on Thursday August 17.

Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire, wk)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Mason Crane (Hampshire)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Mark Stoneman (Surrey)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) 

Investec Test Series Fixtures:

First Investec Test Match, England v West Indies, August 17-21, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Second Investec Test Match, England v West Indies, August 25-29, Headingley, Leeds

Third Investec Test Match, England v West Indies, September 7-11, Lord’s, London