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Jonathan Bairstow was named in an England Test squad for the first time Sunday when he was included in a 13-man party for the series opener against the West Indies at Lord’s starting Thursday.The 22-year-old Yorkshireman is set to bat at number six if selected after all-rounder Ravi Bopara, in line to fill that middle order spot, was omitted from the squad after suffering a thigh injury playing for Essex.
Bairstow, who has played in six one-day internationals and six Twenty20 internationals, is the only player in the squad yet to be capped at Test level.Since making an impressive ODI debut against India in Cardiff last September, he has also continued to shine in the longer format, with two centuries already in this season’s County Championship.
He has also made a fifty in the ongoing tour match between the second-string England Lions and the West Indies which concludes at Northampton on Sunday.
And were he to be selected on Thursday, Bairstow would complete a notable family double as he is the son of the late Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper David Bairstow, who appeared in four Tests from 1979 to 1981.
England’s squad, once more captained by opening batsman Andrew Strauss, also included five seamers in Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions, as well as likely new ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
England won just once in five Tests during their winter series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and away to Sri Lanka after reaching the top of the International Cricket Council rankings at home last year.
For Bopara there was yet more injury-induced frustration after he suffered a side strain before the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, which meant he was available as a batsman only and unable to bowl his medium-pacers.
As it was, England opted for spinner Samit Patel and had no choice but to omit Bopara this time around after his latest setback.
With early season English conditions generally favouring seamers, England have also left Patel out of this squad and included just one specialist slow bowler in off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Thursday’s match will be the first of a three-Test series.
Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Graham Onions
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