England retain Denly, overlook Ali

Squad named for first Test against West Indies

Ben Stokes playing for England

Batsman Joe Denly has been included in England's squad for the first Test against the West Indies at the Rose Bowl in Southampton next week.

All-rounder Moeen Ali and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who were included in the initial 30-man squad, have been excluded from the final 13.

The squad features all the players involved in England's Test series against South Africa earlier this year, before international cricket was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the team in the absence of captain Joe Root, who is on paternity leave, but will return for the second Test.

“Stokes is set to become the 81st England men's Test captain on Wednesday after it was confirmed earlier in the week that he will replace Yorkshire's Root as captain,” read a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“Root, who has returned to Sheffield to be at the birth of his second child, left the secure bubble in Southampton earlier this week. He will self-isolate for seven days before joining up with the squad ahead of the second Test at Old Trafford, starting on 16 July.”

England squad for first Test vs West Indies

  1. Ben Stokes (captain)
  2. James Anderson
  3. Jofra Archer
  4. Dominic Bess
  5. Stuart Broad
  6. Rory Burns
  7. Jos Buttler
  8. Zak Crawley
  9. Joe Denly
  10. Ollie Pope
  11. Dom Sibley
  12. Chris Woakes
  13. Mark Wood

First Test – England reserves

England have also named nine reserves, who will remain with the squad throughout the first Test. All-rounder Sam Curran, who recently fell ill but tested negative for the coronavirus, is among the reserves. The uncapped James Bracey, Dan Lawrence and Ollie Robinson are also among the nine.

  1. James Bracey
  2. Sam Curran
  3. Ben Foakes
  4. Dan Lawrence
  5. Jack Leach
  6. Saqib Mahmood
  7. Craig Overton
  8. Ollie Robinson
  9. Olly Stone

England vs West Indies Test Series Schedule

The first Test – and the remainder of the series – will be played without spectators as a preventative measure against the spread of the virus.

Test Start Date Venue
First Test 8 July 2020 Rose Bowl, Southampton
Second Test 16 July 2020 Old Trafford, Manchester
Third Test 24 July 2020 Old Trafford, Manchester


England and the West Indies currently occupy fourth and eighth position, respectively, in the International Cricket Council's rankings for Test teams.

They have met 157 times in Test cricket. England have won 49 and the West Indies 57, with 51 draws.

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