LONDON – Opening batsman Jason Roy has been named in England’s Test squad for the first time for the one-off match against Ireland starting at Lord’s next Wednesday.
Roy racked up 443 runs in England’s triumphant 50-overs World Cup campaign, but is not a regular top-order batsman for Surrey in red-ball cricket.
The 28-year-old is expected to open the batting with Surrey teammate Rory Burns, and will have an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the Ashes series against Australia, starting on August 1.
Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory has also been called up for the first time, while uncapped fast bowler Olly Stone, who picked up an injury on this year’s tour of West Indies, returned to the squad.
England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson was included, despite picking up a calf injury this month.