Bairstow gets England call up

LONDON, England – England on Sunday named uncapped 22-year-old batsman Jonny Bairstow in an otherwise predictable 13-man squad for the first Test against West Indies starting at Lord’s on Thursday.

Bairstow, who has already played six One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20s, boasts a first-class average of 46.37.

He stroked an even fifty against West Indies for England Lions on the second day of the four-day tour match on Friday.

“Jonny Bairstow has put in a number of impressive performances both for England Lions and Yorkshire and has been working hard on the England Performance Programme over the last couple of years,” chief selector Geoff Miller said.

“He is an exciting young player who now has an opportunity to experience the Test environment.”

The squad is a strong one with England boasting its much featured batting line-up and a daunting attack that should pose problems especially in English conditions.

Durham seamer Graham Onions, who has not played a Test in over two years, is one of five pacers selected.

“This is an important period for us following a challenging winter where we learnt some valuable lessons and we are preparing for a highly competitive series against a West Indies side full of quality players,” Miller said.

“We have selected a very strong 13-man squad which allows us to consider a number of options before making a decision about Thursday’s side. We have included five seam bowlers who have all demonstrated that they are capable of winning Test matches for England.”

Following the Lord’s opener, England face West Indies in two more contests – at Trent Bridge from May 25-29 and at Edgbaston from June 7-11.

SQUAD – Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 03:24