Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Moeen Included In England Squad For First Investec Test Of The Summer

Moeen Included In England Squad For First Investec Test Of The Summer

Moeen Ali has been included in the England squad for the first Investec Test against New Zealand at Lord's starting next Thursday – the 100th Test between the two countries.

The all-rounder is part of the Worcestershire squad for the current four-day game against the Black Caps at New Road.

Moeen played in the final two Tests against the West Indies after missing the opening match of the drawn series with a side strain suffered during the ICC World Cup.

Like many of the players in action in the Caribbean, he did not feature in the ODI in Ireland last week.

Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth is set to make his debut next week when he opens the batting alongside England captain Alastair Cook.

The 27 year old was selected for the Windies tour but did not feature in any of the three Tests.

Durham pace bowler Mark Wood, who made his ODI debut against Ireland last week, is the only other player uncapped at Test level included in the squad.

National selector, James Whitaker, said: “Adam Lyth has waited patiently for an opportunity with England having performed consistently for Yorkshire and England Lions in the last year.

"He fully deserves his chance to cement a place in the side at the top of the order.

"Mark Wood has also impressed and his pace and style of bowling ensure the coach and captain have options in the bowling attack. "

Whitaker added: “There were some positive signs during the recent Test tour and it is key that this group of players learns from the instances when the opposition was put under pressure and we were in a position to press for victory but couldn’t quite manage it.

"New Zealand are a very talented side and I expect a very competitive series between the two teams to start what will be an incredibly exciting summer of cricket. Good luck to Alastair, Paul Farbrace and the rest of the squad.”

England Test squad

Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Chris Jordan (Sussex)

Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Mark Wood (Durham)