Uncapped Joe Denly included in England squad for Tests against West Indies

Uncapped Joe Denly included in England squad for three Tests against West Indies as Jason Roy and Ollie Pope miss out on trip to the Caribbean

  • England will give Joe Denly another chance to impress against the West Indies
  • However, Jason Roy and Ollie Pope have both missed out on the latest squad
  • England face the West Indies in three Tests in Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia
  • Onus is on openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns to cement their places
  • England also named their ODI squad, with David Willey and Tom Curran both in

Paul Newman for MailOnline

England handed Joe Denly a reprieve and ignored the claims of Jason Roy when they named the squad that finished their tour of Sri Lanka for their three-Test trip to the Caribbean next month.

The uncapped Denly, at 32, was a surprise choice for England’s tour of Sri Lanka but failed to make an appearance in the 3-0 victory after looking out of his depth in the warm-ups.

But clearly England do not want to draw a line under him before he is given a proper chance and he will travel to Barbados on January 11 as the spare batsman in a 16-man party.

Joe Denly has been included in the England squad for the upcoming Tests against West Indies

Joe Denly has been included in the England squad for the upcoming Tests against West Indies

Jason Roy (right) has missed out on a place in the squad for next month's trip to the Caribbean

Jason Roy (right) has missed out on a place in the squad for next month’s trip to the Caribbean

ENGLAND SQUAD 

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson, (Lancashire) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) wk, Rory Burns (Surrey), Stuart Broad, (Nottinghamshire) Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey)

That means they have resisted the bold choice of calling up Surrey’s Roy as another attacking option in a Test squad that has become full of them thanks to captain Joe Root’s desire to replicate England’s white-ball cricket in the longer game.

The other man to miss out is another Surrey man in Ollie Pope, who was initially part of the squad in Sri Lanka but ended the tour playing for the Lions in the United Arab Emirates in order to gain match experience.

The decision to omit Roy, the next man in line for a place at the top of the order, means the onus is firmly on openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns to cement their places in three Tests against West Indies in Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia.

Ollie Pope (left), pictured with Ben Foakes, is the other man to miss out on the three-Test trip

Ollie Pope (left), pictured with Ben Foakes, is the other man to miss out on the three-Test trip

Keaton Jennings will look to build on the century he scored in the first Test with Sri Lanka

Keaton Jennings will look to build on the century he scored in the first Test with Sri Lanka

Both had their moments in Sri Lanka, notably when Jennings made a century in the first Test in Galle, but by the end of the tour both still had work to do to prove they could step into the shoes of Alastair Cook and his many former opening partners.

If they don’t convince in the Caribbean then England are running out of time to find openers good enough for the biggest battle of them all against Australia next summer. They appear to have missed a trick in not giving Roy some squad experience now.

England also named their one-day squad for the last 50-over assignment before they must name their World Cup squad, with David Willey and Tom Curran returning to a party who defeated Sri Lanka 3-1 earlier this winter. Tom returns at the expense of his brother Sam with Liam Dawson and, surprisingly, Olly Stone also missing out.

Jofra Archer, the exciting Sussex fast bowler, misses out because he is not eligible to play for England under new regulation rules until March.

 


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