• Roy, Stone, Gregory named in England Test squad

    Batsman Jason Roy and seamers Olly Stone and Lewis Gregory have been named in the England squad for next week’s Test against Ireland.

    Roy and Stone have played limited-overs cricket for England, but are uncapped in Test-match competition. This is Gregory’s first inclusion at international level.

    Fast bowler Mark Wood was not considered due to a side strain sustained during Sunday’s World Cup final victory over New Zealand, with wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and all-rounder Ben Stokes being rested. Seamer Jofra Archer, too, was excluded.

    ‘Archer, who has yet to make his England debut in Test cricket, will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Ashes Test series. He will have a short break in Barbados before returning to the United Kingdom later this month,’ read a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    ‘After playing a pivotal role in England’s World Cup triumph, Archer has been awarded an increment contract by the ECB for the next 12 months.’

    Lord’s will host England and Ireland’s one-off Test from Wednesday. A week later, the English will commence a five-Test Ashes series against Australia.

    Squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

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