England's selectors today announced the 12-man squad for the first test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.
As expected, the uncapped trio of Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan have been included in the squad while Ben Stokes will miss out due to fitness reasons as explained by ECB. Also, what came as more of a surprise is the selection of Liam Plunkett, who though in excellent form, wasn't expected by many to make it to the squad. The Yorkshireman's last Test was seven years ago.
National selector, James Whitaker, said: “The selectors would like to congratulate all the players selected in the squad for the 1st Investec Test against Sri Lanka. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of both the County and England Performance Programme coaches in helping to develop the talents of Sam Robson, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes. All four have carried their exciting winter form into the domestic season to earn well deserved recognition.
“We believe that this group of emerging talent will be very well complimented by the established core of experienced players that have been selected.
“We are expecting a tough series against Sri Lanka and the Selectors would like to wish Peter Moores, Alastair Cook, the coaches and players all the best for a good performance.”
Alastair Cook (C) (Essex)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Sam Robson (Middlesex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
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