England’s squad for their tour to the UAE to face Pakistan has been announced, and Ashes opener Adam Lyth has not made the cut.
Lyth, who endured a difficult Ashes campaign after impressing against New Zealand at the start of the summer, has been dropped with Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales being the preferred option despite struggling to find form himself.
Hales’ call up could see him making his Test match debut in the first Test of the tour in Abu Dhabi on the 13 October.
Hales’ Nottinghamshire team-mate James Taylor has been included in the test squad, and could potentially make his first test start since the summer of 2012, against South Africa.
Another debutant could be Surrey’s Zafar Ansari - who has not previously been selected for a senior England side – who will come into the side as a third left arm spinner with his all-rounder capabilities.
One-day & T20 squads
The squads for the T20 internationals, and also the One Day internationals, have also been announced, with Jos Buttler coming back into the side after missing the last three games of the series against Australia.
Hampshire’s new signing Reece Topley has retained his place in the both limited over squads, along with Kent’s Sam Billings who played against New Zealand in the early part of the summer – and there is also a place for Yorkshire’s new signing David Willey.
Lancashire’s Stephen Parry, another left-arm spinner, has been included for the T20 series along with pace bowler and all-rounder Chris Jordan who missed the majority of the middle part of the summer due to a side injury.
The most notable absence is that Ben Stokes has been left out, in an effort to preserve him for the series against South Africa heading into the New Year.
Speaking about Hales inclusion to the Test squad for the first time, England selector James Whittaker said: "Alex Hales has scored heavily for Nottinghamshire in first-class cricket this season, has shown he can play match-winning innings for England in white ball cricket and fully deserves an opportunity to compete for a place at the top of the order in our Test side."
With regards to Stokes missing out on the limited overs sides, Whittaker said: "In line with our recent decision to rest Joe Root for the Royal London One-Day Series against Australia, we have opted not to include Ben Stokes in our One-Day or T20 International squads.
"Ben has been an outstanding performer for England this summer and this decision reflects a desire to manage his workload across a busy winter period in all three formats of the game. He will come back into contention for the white-ball format when we consider the make-up of our squads for the tour of South Africa later in the year."