No Bairstow, Moeen as England name squad for first Test against Windies

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London: England have announced the 13-member squad for the first Test of the three-match series against West Indies, ARY Sports reported.

Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali have missed out and are not in the reservers players too. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have been named and will be eyeing the third spot beside James Anderson and Chris Broad.

Chris Woakes is likely to play as an all-rounder after Sam Curran who felt unwell in the intra-squad match due to diarrhea.

The First Test of the #raisethebat series will be played at Ageas Bowl, Southampton starting on Wednesday 8 July 2020. Nine players will remain at the Ageas Bowl as Test reserves.

Ben Stokes is set to become England’s 81st Test captain after Joe Root who has returned to Sheffield to be at the birth of his second child, left the secure bubble in Southampton earlier this week.

He will self-isolate for seven days before joining up with the squad ahead of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford starting on 16 July.

England squad

Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Reserves:

James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone

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