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Ben Stokes to lead James Anderson’s last Test squad vs WI, Jonny Bairstow dropped

Ben Stokes to lead James Anderson’s last Test squad vs WI, Jonny Bairstow dropped

It looks like Brendon McCullum is starting a new era for England's red-ball cricket after ECB named a squad full of youngsters against the West Indies.

The upcoming England vs West Indies Test series marks a significant turning point for English Test cricket. While the cricketing world bids farewell to the legendary James Anderson in his final Test match, the series also ushers in a new chapter for the England team with the selection of fresh faces.

Dillon Pennington, a Nottinghamshire seamer, and Jamie Smith, a Surrey batter who can also keep wicket, have been selected for the first time at Test level. Both players have impressed in County Championship this season. Surrey seamer Gus Atkinson, who was part of the Test tour squad to India earlier this year, is the only other uncapped player included.

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The first Test will be particularly significant as it will mark James Anderson’s final Test appearance for England. The legendary fast bowler announced his retirement earlier, making this Lord’s Test his swansong. This decision has led to the omission of some experienced players, including Jonny Bairstow, Jack Leach, and Ben Foakes. Bairstow’s underwhelming performance in the recent India series, where he only managed 238 runs, likely contributed to his exclusion.

ECB Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, commented on the squad selection: “The first Test is always a special occasion, but it will be even more so with Jimmy playing his last Test. He’s been a phenomenal servant to English cricket since his debut in 2003. We wish him all the best as he walks out at Lord’s for the final time.”

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England vs West Indies Test series 2024 schedule

1st10 – 14 JulyLord’s
2nd18 – 22 JulyTrent Bridge
3rd26 – 30 JulyEdgbaston

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