As expected, Mark Stoneman replaces Keaton Jennings in the 13-man squad (Image courtesy: Getty)
As expected, Mark Stoneman replaces Keaton Jennings in the 13-man squad (Image courtesy: Getty)

Mark Stoneman is set to make his England debut in next week’s day-night first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston after being included in a 13-man squad announced Thursday from which Keaton Jennings was dropped. Struggling Durham opener Jennings only averaged 15.87 in eight innings during England’s recent 3-1 series win over his native South Africa, which concluded with a 177-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday. Now Surrey batsman Stoneman, a former Durham team-mate of Jennings, is in line to become Alastair Cook’s 12th opening partner since the retirement of former captain Andrew Strauss in 2012.

The 30-year-old Stoneman has scored 1,000 runs in First-Class cricket this season, including a highest score of 197, while averaging 58.82 with 3 centuries. By replacing Jennings, Stoneman will form another all-left-handed combination at the top of England’s order with Cook. Meanwhile Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane has been called into a Test squad for the first time having also impressed in England’s first-class County Championship this season.

Fit again pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes replaces Steven Finn in a squad for a match on his Warwickshire home ground that will be the first day-night Test ever staged in England. The fixture, which starts on Thursday, August 17, is the first of a three-Test series that continues at Headingley and concludes at Lord’s.

England squad for the first Test against West Indies:

Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Tom Westley, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Mason Crane