Stoneman & Crane earn England call-ups for West Indies Test

by August 10th, 2017

Surrey batsman Mark Stoneman has replaced opener Keaton Jennings in England’s 13-man squad for their day-night Test against the West Indies.

Stoneman, who is set to become Alastair Cook’s 12th opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012, has made 1,033 runs in first-class cricket, including a top score of 197 and an average of 57.38 with three centuries.

Also in line for a debut is the Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane who replaces his county team-mate Liam Dawson, while fit-again all-rounder Chris Woakes replaces seamer Steven Finn.

The Edgbaston game, which is the first of the three-match series, is the first day-night test to be held in England and begins on Thursday August 17.

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood is still ruled out because of a heel injury, while recent debutants Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Westley all retain their places in the squad.

The full England squad is Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley and Chris Woakes.