Jonny Bairstow, who debuted for England at Lord’s, and Tim Bresnan, who made his astonishing start to Test cricket a perfect 12 wins in 12 matches, have been announced in an unchanged 13-man squad to play West Indies in the 2nd Investec Test Match at Trent Bridge which starts on Friday 25 May.
For West Indies the former Yorkshire fast bowler Tino Best has been added to their touring party following Shannon Gabriel’s withdrawl return home after suffering a stress reaction in his back.
BAIRSTOW DEBUTS 17 May 2002
Congratulations to Jonny Bairstow who has made his Test debut today in the 1st Investec Test against West Indies at Lord’s. He was presented with his England cap by Geoffrey Boycott ahead of play on day one and congratulated by his international teammates, including county colleague Tim Bresnan.
Both Bresnan and Bairstow were included in the England XI and it is the first time since March 2008 that two current Yorkshire players have taken the field in the same Test.
The last time was when Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard featured in the 1st Test against New Zealand in Hamilton (5-9 March 2008).
BAIRSTOW GETS FIRST TEST CALL (13 May 2012)
The England selectors today named a 13-man squad for the first Investec Test match against West Indies commencing Thursday May 17 at Lord’s. They have included Tim Bresnan and given Jonny Bairstow his first Test call.
Jonny Bairstow is the only player uncapped at Test level included in the squad. The 22 year old Yorkshireman has a first class average of 46.37 and has played six one-day internationals for England, making his debut against India in September 2011, and has won six international T20 caps. Durham pace bowler Graham Onions is the only other player named who did not play a Test last winter and is one of five seamers included in the squad.
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 squad – 1st Investec Test
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex) (Captain), 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)