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Cricket: England's Test Squad Announcement


Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are amongst eight players who have paid the price for England’s disastrous Ashes campaign.

The experienced seam bowling legends have been dropped by England’s selection panel ahead of the three-match series from March 8-28 in the Caribbean.

Instead, Yorkshire young gun Matthew Fisher, a Lions tourist in December, has been called into a 16-man party including Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood and Chris Woakes as fellow seam bowling options.

Durham opening bat Alex Lees, a former Yorkshire team-mate of Fisher’s is also in for the first time.

Other Omissions

Dom Bess, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed and Dawid Malan have all been left out. But it is the omission of Anderson and Broad which has turned heads.

Anderson, 39, has taken 640 Test wickets. No seamer in the history of the game has more. Broad, 35, has 537. That is 1,177 wickets which are missing.

Interim coach Paul Collingwood, interim director of cricket Sir Andrew Strauss and head scout James Taylor picked a squad to be captained by Joe Root.

Strauss said: “We feel that it is important to look at some exciting new bowling potential and give some added responsibility to other players who have featured previously.

“No-one doubts the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the England set-up. It will be up to the new managing director and permanent head coach to decide on whether they will be involved this summer and beyond.

“This selection of this squad is the start of a process and a journey to get England Test cricket back to where it needs to be – and the hard work starts now.”

England will arrive in Antigua on February 25 ahead of a four-day warm-up match – March 1 – followed by three Tests. The first of those is at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, starting March 8.

The series forms part of the ICC World Test Championship.

England squad: Joe Root (c, Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).