England picks uncapped trio for 1st Sri Lanka test
LONDON (AP) — England named a trio of uncapped players Thursday in its squad for the first test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s later this month.
Selecting his first test squad since returning to the job, coach Peter Moores picked 24-year-old batsman Sam Robson and all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali for the June 12 match.
Bowler Liam Plunkett, who last played test cricket seven years ago against West Indies, has also been included in the 12-man squad alongside Chris Woakes.
Jos Buttler did not make the cut as Matt Prior was selected as wicketkeeper after recovering from an Achilles injury.
“We believe that this group of emerging talent will be very well complimented by the established core of experienced players that have been selected,” said national selector James Whitaker. “We are expecting a tough series against Sri Lanka.”
The 25-year-old Jordan, who took 12 wickets during England’s 3-2 series defeat by Sri Lanka, has played 13 ODIs and seven T20s since making his England debut last September. The 26-year-old Ali made his ODI and T20 debuts earlier this year against West Indies.
Captain Alastair Cook’s squad for England’s opening test of the summer also includes James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes.