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Jack named in England Test Squad

Jack Leach has been named in the England Test squad for the series in the West Indies.

The England National Cricket Selectors today named a 16-strong squad for the three-match series in the Caribbean starting in January.

They have also announced a 15-strong squad for the ODI series against the Windies starting in February.

After being named in the Test squad Jack said: “It goes without saying that I’m really excited to have been selected. I learned so much in Sri Lanka and the whole experience just made me hungry for more.

“This is a massive opportunity for me and it’s one that I’m determined to take with both hands. The conditions in the West Indies will provide different challenges to those I experienced in Sri Lanka, but I’m learning all the time and I’ll just keep pushing and pushing to get better and better.

“To play Test cricket for England is the pinnacle, and to have the chance to win another away series is one we are definitely looking forward to as a squad.”

Jack was one of the key factors behind England’s recent historic series whitewash in Sri Lanka. The 27-year-old took 18 wickets in the three match series at an average of just 21.38.

The England Test squad in full is:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Ben Foakes (Surrey)

Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

The England ODI Squad is:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Tom Curran (Surrey)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

The Test squad is unchanged from the recent 3-0 series victory against Sri Lanka.

Two players return to the ODI set-up having missed the series in Sri Lanka. Tom Curran and David Willey are included. Sam Curran, Liam Dawson and Olly Stone all miss out.

England will name their IT20 squad for the three-match series against in the Windies in due course.

England tour of the Caribbean schedule:

Two-day warm-up match, WI Board XI v England, 15-16 January 2019, Three Ws Oval, Barbados

Two-day warm-up match, WI Board XI v England, 17-18 January 2019, Three Ws Oval, Barbados

1st Test, Windies v England, 23-27 January 2019, Kensington Oval, Barbados

2nd Test, Windies v England, 31 January-4 February 2019, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

3rd Test, Windies v England, 9-13 February 2018, Darren Sammy Oval, St Lucia

One-Day warm-up, Vice Chancellor’s XI v England, 17 February 2019, Three Ws Oval, Barbados

1st ODI, Windies v England, 20 February 2019, Kensington Oval, Barbados

2nd ODI, Windies v England, 22 February 2019, Kensington Oval, Barbados

3rd ODI, Windies v England, 25 February 2019, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

4th ODI, Windies v England, 27 February 2019, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

5th ODI, Windies v England, 2 March 2019, Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

1st IT20, Windies v England, 5 March 2019, Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

2nd IT20, Windies v England, 8 March 2019, Warner Park, St Kitts and Nevis

3rd IT20, Windies v England, 10 March 2019, Warner Park, St Kitts and Nevis

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