Mark Stoneman & Mason Crane in: England drop Keaton Jennings for West Indies Test

Mark Stoneman
Stoneman played for England Lions against South Africa A in June
First Investec Test: England v West Indies
Venue: Edgbaston Dates: 17-21 August Start: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW & online; in-play highlights & live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app

Surrey batsman Mark Stoneman has replaced opener Keaton Jennings in England's 13-man squad for their day-night Test against West Indies.

Uncapped leg-spinner Mason Crane comes in for Hampshire team-mate Liam Dawson, while fit-again all-rounder Chris Woakes replaces seamer Steven Finn.

The Edgbaston game, the first of a three-match series, is the first day-night Test to be held in England and begins on Thursday, 17 August at 14:00 BST.

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood is still ruled out because of a heel injury, while recent debutants Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Westley all retain their places in the squad.

'A step into the unknown' for Stoneman

Stoneman, 30, will become the 12th opening partner for Alastair Cook since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012.

After leaving Durham for Surrey, he has scored 1,033 first-class runs this season, averaging 57.38 and hitting three centuries.

"It's been a long road with some ups and downs along the way, so to get the call was quite a release of emotion and something I'm very proud of," Stoneman told BBC Radio London.

"I've had 10 years as a professional so you'd hope I'd have worked things out by now.

"There are new challenges ahead and it's a step into the unknown, but the experience I've had on various surfaces against the best Division One bowlers and some overseas players will stand me in good stead."

England v West Indies Test series schedule
First Test: 17-21 August, Edgbaston (d/n)
Second Test: 25-29 August, Headingley
Third Test: 7-11 September, Lord's

Durham's Jennings, 25, is dropped after averaging 15.88 in the 3-1 series victory over South Africa, having passed 50 only once since hitting a century on his debut in India.

National selector James Whitaker said he hoped Jennings will return to his county and "recapture the form" which made him the leading run-scorer in the 2016 County Championship.

"I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season," added Whitaker.

Haseeb Hameed, 20, was left out of the South Africa series after struggling this season and again misses out, despite an unbeaten 77 for Lancashire this week - his first half-century in first-class cricket this year.

Crane audition to return down under?

Mason Crane
Leg-spinner Mason Crane took one wicket in two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa

Crane, 20, played two Twenty20 internationals for England against South Africa in June but has appeared in only 25 first-class games.

He became the first overseas player to represent Australian state side New South Wales for 32 years when he played in their Sheffield Shield game against South Australia in March.

Following the West Indies series, England will tour Australia in defence of the Ashes this winter.

"It's great to be included in this series and hopefully there's more to come after this," Crane told Sky Sports.

"I'm feeling like the ball is coming out nicely, and hopefully if I'm picked I can do a good job."

Crane's inclusion also means no return for Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid, 29, who last played Test cricket against India in December.

Woakes a welcome all-round option

After recovering from a side strain sustained during the Champions Trophy, Woakes returned to take five wickets and score 53 in Warwickshire's victory over Middlesex on Sunday.

The 28-year-old has played 17 Tests, taking 48 wickets at an average of 29.33 and scoring two half-centuries.

He will compete with Roland-Jones for the third seamer's spot, but may also provide England another all-round option, potentially replacing Malan, with Ben Stokes or Jonny Bairstow moving up the batting order.

"He was impressive in his return game at Lord's this week and if selected in the final line-up, he will be relishing the prospect of playing on his home ground," said Whitaker.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

Keaton Jennings will be very disappointed, although it does open up a can of worms in that he had the hardest of the opponents in South Africa, who have a really decent pace attack.

With Mark Stoneman coming in against West Indies, what will we learn? He might have easier opposition but quite awkward conditions to make his mark in the day-night Test.

Jennings has got a really good character, the England hierarchy like him very much and he works very hard at his game - that's what he's got to do to come back a better player.

I suspect Mason Crane won't play at Edgbaston - it's a match where England will get their seamers out as the pink ball could do all sorts of strange things - but we will see him later in the series.

He's only played a couple of seasons of first-class cricket and that's an awful lot to ask making the step up to Test cricket. He's one for the future and one England like the look of, but they will have to tread warily.

England squad to face West Indies

Alastair Cook (Essex), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Tom Westley (Essex), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire, wk), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), James Anderson (Lancashire).


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