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Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach named in England Test squad

Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach have both been named in the England squad for the Specsavers Test match against Ireland at Lord’s which begins on Wednesday July 24th.

Somerset bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory earns his first call-up to the Test squad after impressing for Somerset and the England Lions over the past few seasons. The 27-year-old has been in fine form this campaign taking 44 wickets at an average of 13.88. He is currently captaining the England Lions against Australia XI in a tour match at Canterbury.

Jack Leach will be looking to add to his four Test caps and has once again been in good form in 2019 claiming 29 Specsavers County Championship wickets at an average of 19.

Following their call up, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’re incredibly proud of both of them and it’s a fantastic reward for their efforts. Lewis has had a fantastic summer so far and has built on what he achieved last year whilst Jack has been outstanding for us again and he was brilliant out in Sri Lanka for England before Christmas. Ultimately the both really deserve this. We’re an aspirational Club and we want our players to go on and represent their country.”

Surrey batsman Jason Roy, who has been a mainstay of England’s white ball squad for the past few years, has been called up to the Test squad for the first time.

Warwickshire seamer Olly Stone, who made his England’s ODI debut last winter in Sri Lanka, earns his second call up to the Test squad. Stone has fully recovered from a back injury, which has kept him out for most of this season. The 25-year-old pace bowler has taken 123 first-class wickets at 25 apiece.

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler and Durham’s Ben Stokes are rested after their exploits in England’s ICC Cricket World Cup final success.

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood (left side strain) and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer (left side strain) were not considered for selection. Wood is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks following the injury he sustained in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Archer, who has yet to make his England debut in Test cricket, will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Specsavers Ashes Test Series. He will have a short break in Barbados before returning to the UK later this month.

After playing a pivotal role in England’s ICC Cricket World Cup triumph, Archer has been awarded an increment contract by the ECB for the next 12 months.

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

A squad of 16 players will also attend a pre-Ashes training camp this weekend at St George’s Park, the Football Association’s national football centre based at Burton-Upon-Trent.

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

The final squad for the first Specsavers Ashes Test will be named in due course.

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