By BV Swagath
Limited overs specialist Jonny Bairstow has received a maiden call for England’s Test team. The 22-year-old Bairstow finds himself in the 13-man England Squad to play in the First Investec Test against West Indies which begins on the 17th of this month.
Jonny Bairstow, who is from Yorkshire also doubles up as a Wicket Keeper though he has been selected as a pure batsman in the England Test Team in the place of the injured Ravi Bopara. Bairstow has so far played six ODIs and as many T20Is for England.
According to the ECB website, National Selector Geoff Miller is quoted saying that “Jonny Bairstow has put in a number of impressive performances both for England Lions and Yorkshire and has been working hard on the England Performance Programme over the last couple of years. He is an exciting young player who now has an opportunity to experience the Test environment.”
Miller also said that the Selectors have picked up five seamers in the 13-man squad which includes Durham’s Graham Onions.
Following is England’s Test Squad for 1st Test against West Indies at Lord’s:
Andrew Strauss (Captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (Wicket Keeper), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions