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England announce squad for Sri Lanka challenge

Uncapped Ball and Vince both named in England squad for First Test

England announce squad for Sri Lanka challenge
 - Cricket News
The England squad to play against Sri Lanka was announced.
England selectors announced a 12-man squad for the First Investec Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday May 19 at Headingley.

Nottinghamshire seam bowler Jake Ball and Hampshire batsman James Vince are the only two uncapped players named in the squad.

Ball, 25, has started the Specsavers County Championship season in good form taking 19 wickets at an average of 21.15 and is joint leading wicket-taker in the First Division. The Mansfield-born right-armer spent the winter with the England Lions in the UAE and at a fast bowling camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The 25-year-old Vince, the Hampshire captain, is in line to make his England Test debut adding to his one One-day international cap and four IT20 caps. The right-hand top order batsman is averaging 44.50 in the County Championship this season including scoring an impressive 119 against Yorkshire at Headingley last month. 

ECB National Selector, James Whitaker, said:
“Both Jake Ball and James Vince thoroughly deserve their opportunity having performed well with the England Lions and starting the season in good form with their respective counties.

“Building on his success with the Lions in the winter, Jake has impressed with the ball and shown excellent control and skill in the opening matches of the County Championship. If selected, we are confident he will perform very well at international level.

“James has been a consistent performer for Hampshire and England Lions over the past few years. He is already well regarded by the England coaches in the short format and now has the opportunity to showcase his skills at Test level.

“Sri Lanka are a young side and we expect a strong series between the two teams to start the summer of international cricket.

“The selectors would like to take this opportunity to wish Alastair Cook, Trevor Bayliss and the rest of the squad the best of luck for the series.” 

England Test squad
Alastair Cook
(Essex, Captain)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Nick Compton (Middlesex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
James Vince (Hampshire)
The squad will meet up on Monday May 16 in Leeds.

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