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England announce Test squad to tour West Indies

Published: 18 Mar 2015

After a disastrous and humiliating World Cup exit, England’s focus turns to a three-Test tour to the Caribbean in April.

The England selectors today announced a 16-man squad for the tour, captained by Alastair Cook, which features three uncapped players and, after an 18-month absence from international cricket, a return for Warwickshire’s Jonathan Trott.

Chris Woakes has been ruled out through injury, while Moeen Ali may be available for the latter stages of the tour if he recovers from a side strain.

Sam Robson, who opened alongside Cook during England’s home series against Sri Lanka and India last summer, has been dropped and James Taylor overlooked.

Trott is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad

Chairman of Selectors, James Whitaker, said: “This series marks the start of a busy period of Test Match cricket for the England team and I am sure that Alastair and the players will all be keen to build on the success they enjoyed last summer against India.

Jonathan Trott produced some outstanding performances for Warwickshire last summer scoring five centuries and also made an unbeaten double hundred during the recent successful England Lions tour. He is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad.”


England’s squad:

Alastair Cook (Essex) captain

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Chris Jordan (Sussex)

Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)

Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

James Tredwell (Kent)

Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)


England’s Tour Itinerary:

April 6-7 - 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

April 6-7 - 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

April 8-9 - 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

April 13-17 - 1st Test SVRS, Antigua

April 21-25 - 2nd Test Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

May 1-5 - 3rd Test Kensington Oval, Barbados

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