Thursday, 12 May 2016

England Team v Sri Lanka 1st Test Headingley 19-23rd May 2016

The England squad for the 1st Test against Sri Lanka to be announced at 7am today has now been published in various newspaper columns, my guess is that the expected 7am early morning wake up call was a bit of a daft time and so some have broken ranks and gone to print.

SQUAD NOW 100% CONFIRMED

1.Cook
2.Hales
3.Compton
4.Root
5.Vince
6.Stokes
7.Bairstow
8.Ali
9.Broad
10.Finn
11.Anderson
12.Ball

My biggest surprise is that there is not 13 named. so we will see when the official squad is unveiled in a few hours time. Of course the big news is that Nottinghamshire bowler Jake Ball has got his call up, which perhaps a month ago would not have been on the cards. He got his chance in the "big TV game" and took it.

The other possible new cap on a lot of peoples short list was Tom Westley who has been scoring runs for fun at Essex in Division two, I think he came very close to replacing Nick Compton but it appears he might just have to wait a little longer. James Vince will bat at five. I have a feeling Tom will be in the team before the end of the summer. There are other candidates as Sam Robson supporters will be quick to point out, and others no doubt, Cricket can change very very quickly.

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