Mark Stoneman has chance to Cook up Ashes spot

Opener Mark Stoneman named in England squad to face West Indies in day-night Test

Mark Stoneman and Mason Crane in England Test squad to play West Indies

The leg-spinner has always been seen as the future of England's spin options but the resurgence of Moeen Ali, man of the series against South Africa, means his Test debut may be further away than first thought.

Stoneman who has smashed three centuries and averaged 59 in first-class cricket since moving from Durham to Surrey this season, has been called in place of Keaton Jennings who endured a tough time against South Africa in the four-match series.

Jennings made 127 runs in eight innings in the Investec series against South Africa, and was beset by...

While Jennings remains in the ECB's long-term plans, an inconsistent showing at the top of the order meant he never took full hold of the chance he was afforded to establish himself as Alastair Cook's opening partner.

I see Dawson's Test role being limited going forward, if I'm honest, given England have moved to Crane and given that they have found a balance to the side that works for them.

The three-match West Indies series, which begins on 17 August with the inaugural day-night Test in this country, represents a significant opportunity for players to impress before the winter's Ashes. "The experiences I have had now, against the top bowlers in Division One and overseas bowlers will stand me in good stead".

"I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season", added Whitaker.

Another who will be looking to confirm his ticket Down Under is Woakes, who was kept out of the South Africa series by a side strain picked up during the ICC Champions Trophy. The 25-year-old batsman has attracted some criticism for being bowled too often for an opener.

Jennings was dropped from the England squad to face the West Indies in a day/night Test at Edgbaston later this month.

Jennings has got a really good character, the England hierarchy like him very much and he works very hard at his game - that's what he's got to do to come back a better player.

I don't envy him starting with a day-night Test - West Indies, I think, will be less powerful then South Africa, but the ball will nip around under the lights.

England raised eyebrows by picking untested leg-spinner Mason Crane, who averages over 40 with the ball in first class cricket.

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

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