Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were both left out of England’s 13-man squad announced Saturday for next week’s first Test against the West Indies, with neither experienced player even among a list of nine reserves.
Off-spinner Moeen had made himself available for Test cricket again after taking a break from the red-ball game.
But although Moeen was included in England’s 30-strong training squad, England went with incumbent off-spinner Dom Bess, who impressed during a victorious tour of South Africa, as their specialist slow bowler for the behind closed doors series-opener at Southampton starting on July 8.
It was a similar story with wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow, who like Moeen may be set for more of a white-ball role as England try to cram in a full international fixture despite losing several
months of their home season to the coronavirus pandemic.
Squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
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