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Jason Roy in England squad to face Ireland at Lords


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Jason Roy has been called up to the England Test team for the first time ahead of next week's historic match with Ireland at Lords.

The batsman starred for his country on the way to winning the 50-over World Cup on Sunday.

Selector Ed Smith says the 28-year-old has earned his chance to play in what will be the first-ever test match between Ireland and England.

"It's no secret that we all rate Jason very highly and we all have total confidence that he will be able to adapt to Test cricket and demonstrate his skill and aura and talent with the bat out in the middle in red-ball cricket.

"It just felt like a really good time to select Jason; he was coming out of a World Cup with great success and great confidence. It's a short turnaround into the Ashes."

Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory is also included for the first time while England's leading wicket taker James Anderson is included, despite nursing a calf injury.

Fast bowler Mark Wood misses out with a side strain, while Jofra Archer has been given some rest time before The Ashes.

England squad for Ireland Test: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

England squad for pre-Ashes camp: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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