Bairstow earns maiden Test call
The England selectors today named a 13-man squad for Thursday's first Investec Test against West Indies at Lord’s.
Jonny Bairstow is the only player uncapped at Test level included in the party. The 22-year-old Yorkshire batsman, who has a first-class average of 46.37, has played six one-day internationals, making his debut against India in September 2011, and the same amount of Twenty20s for his country.
Durham paceman Graham Onions is the only other member of the squad who did not play a Test last winter and is one of five seamers picked.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “This is an important period for us following a challenging winter where we learnt some valuable lessons and we are preparing for a highly competitive series against a West Indies side full of quality players.
“We have selected a very strong 13-man squad which allows us to consider a number of options before making a decision about Thursday’s side. We have included five seam bowlers who have all demonstrated that they are capable of winning Test matches for England.
“Jonny Bairstow has put in a number of impressive performances both for England Lions and Yorkshire and has been working hard on the England Performance Programme over the last couple of years. He is an exciting young player who now has an opportunity to experience the Test environment.”
England Test squad against West Indies:
Andrew Strauss (Captain, Middlesex)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Graham Onions (Durham)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)