The uncapped player Toby Roland-Jones has been called up for England’s Test squad to face South Africa and he will be joined by returning players Gary Balance and Mark Wood.
Roland-Jones and Balance, who missed the winter tour to Bangladesh and India, have been included in the 12-man team for the first test at Lords.
Roland-Jones made his one-day international debut in June at Lord’s against Ireland. So far this campaign he has taken 22 wickets in the County Championship.
Wood, who bowls for Durham, is also returning to the Test squad for the first time since October 2015.
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Jake Ball and Chris Woakes were both unavailable for selection due to injuries, Ball has injured his right knee and Woakes has a side strain.
The team will be lead out for the first time by newly appointed Test captain Joe Root.
James Whitaker, the chairman of selectors, said, “There is great excitement around the first Test of the summer and with the start of a new era under the captaincy of Joe Root this is an exciting time for English cricket. Toby Roland-Jones is a player we have been monitoring for quite some time and deserves his chance after a strong couple of seasons with Middlesex in red ball cricket.”
He went on to say that Roland-Jones came close to playing against Pakistan in July and praised the player saying that he has been in good form this campaign and that “his ability to seam the ball along with the fact that he can score useful runs down the order gives us a number of options.”
He also said that Balance has been “in fantastic touch with the bat” and that he deserves to be included in the team.