England Cricket Board and selectors have announced the English squad for the one-off test against Ireland and included the star batsman of their World Cup campaign, Jason Roy in the squad. James Anderson, the old speedster is also back in the Test squad despite some niggle.
Jason Roy has been one of the best openers of World Cup 2019, made 443 runs as an opener but he is not a regular red ball opener and test cricket will be his real test of patience.
Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were not considered for selection because both players have left side strains. Wood is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks after injuring himself in Sunday’s World Cup final. Archer has been allowed to go to Barbados to have a holiday before the tests against Australia.
Most of the players from World Cup squad have been rested for the Test at Lord’s to get some break before the biggest rivalry in tests, the Ashes.
It will be England’s first red-ball match of the home summer, before the Ashes series against Australia begins on 1 August. England and Ireland have never faced each other in a Test.
England squad v Ireland: Joe Root, Moeen Ali , Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Jack Leach (Somerset), Jason Roy (Surrey), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
England squad for pre-Ashes camp: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.