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Joyce in for Trescothick

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Ed Joyce

Middlesex batsman Ed Joyce is yet to play a Test for England

England have called up Middlesex’s Ed Joyce as their Ashes tour replacement for opening batsman Marcus Trescothick.

Somerset opener Trescothick returned to the UK from Australia on Wednesday morning after a recurrence of his stress-related illness forced him to quit the tour.

Joyce, 28, was promoted from England’s Academy squad, who fly out to Perth later on Wednesday for a five-week training camp, and has yet to play in a Test match.

The left-hander made his international debut in June in a limited-overs game against Ireland - his country of birth - and played a further two matches in the shortened form of the game during the summer.

Chairman of selectors David Graveney said: “As we already have other players in the squad who have experience of opening the innings we have decided to choose a replacement who will be able to cover a number of different positions within the order.

“Ed is a highly promising player who has performed well for Middlesex this season and I am sure he will be delighted to be part of an Ashes squad.”

Joyce will join up with the Ashes squad in Adelaide on Friday.

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