Yorkshire sextet called up for England Test squad, Trott returns
England’s cricket selectors have announced a 16-man squad for the three-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean in April, with Jonathan Trott returning after spending an 18-month self-imposed international exile.
On top of that, Yorkshire players in particular have benefited from their terrific Division One County Championship winning season in 2014, as six of their stars have been called up.
After a clamour from pundits, Whitby-born 27-year-old Adam Lyth will get a chance to earn his first international cap, after hitting the most runs in the top flight last season (1489 at an average of 67.68) for the historic county.
His England-regular teammates Joe Root and Gary Ballance stay in the squad, while wicketkeeper/batsman Jonny Bairstow has been recalled. Leg spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid, who has five ODI appearances to his name, could earn a Test debut, while fast bowler Liam Plunkett will hope to add to his 13 caps.
Although Yorkshire (5/2 2015 county favourites) have their fair share of call-ups for the West Indies, the likes of the consistent Tim Bresnan, young opener Alex Lees and Jack Brooks, who got the second-highest amount of wickets last season, are unlucky to miss out.
Elsewhere, Durham bowler Mark Wood, 25, is also hoping for a first international cap, while England regulars James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and captain Alastair Cook all get the nod.
Exciting youngsters Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes make the squad as well, and James Tredwell is seemingly the first-choice spin option.
National selector, Yorkshire-born James Whitaker, said on the squad: “Jonathan Trott produced some outstanding performances for Warwickshire last summer, scoring five centuries, and also made an unbeaten double hundred during the recent successful England Lions tour. He is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad.
“Adam [Lyth], Adil [Rashid] and Mark [Wood] are all players who have performed impressively over the last 12 months and they will now have an opportunity to push for a regular place in the Test side’s starting line-up.”
Players to miss out include one-day star James Taylor and Sam Robson. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, meanwhile, miss out through injury, but the latter is expected to join the party if he recovers in time.
In related news, following new ECB chairman Colin Graves’ surprisingly positive comments that there is a way back to the international team for currently sacked Kevin Pietersen, the superstar batsman is reportedly close to agreeing to play county cricket again.
“I would love to get county runs,” Pietersen said. “I have expressed my interest in trying to get back into county cricket (most likely with Surrey again). “If I can do anything that can help me get back into it for England then it’s something I want to do. I love playing for England.”
England Test squad to face West Indies: Alastair Cook (Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).