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Opening batsman Jason Roy and fast bowler Olly Stone will make their England Test debuts in a one-off match against Ireland starting at Lord’s on Wednesday. The Surrey batsman Roy becomes the latest player to have a crack at England’s problem position of opener in the longest format, having racked up an impressive 443 runs in his country’s triumphant 50-overs World Cup campaign.
Roy is poised to bat at the top of the order with Surrey teammate Rory Burns in a four-day match against Ireland and will have an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the Ashes series against Australia starting on August 1.
“With Jason, we want him to be himself, express himself and trust his instincts as much as possible,” England captain Joe Root told a news conference on Tuesday.
“He brings something different to our Test batting side, he’s a proven performer in international cricket and fully capable of making big contributions.”
Warwickshire paceman Stone will make his debut having recovered from a back injury that forced him to return home from England’s tour of West Indies earlier this year.
The 25-year-old edged out Somerset’s Lewis Gregory in the battle to deputise for the experienced James Anderson, who failed to recover from a calf injury.
Jack Leach has also been called up for the Ireland Test giving England the option of two spinners in the lineup with Moeen Ali also named in the team.England teamEngland team v Ireland:
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
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