England names Test Debutant Josh Tongue to face Ireland at Lord’s
The England cricket team is all set for a thrilling match against Ireland as they name the debutant fast bowler Josh Tongue in their playing XI. The game will take place in the historic venue of Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Tongue gets selected over experienced Woakes
Josh Tongue has been chosen ahead of Chris Woakes for his maiden Test appearance. This move surprised many as Woakes seemed like an obvious choice due to his experience and current form with Warwickshire. However, Head Coach Brendon McCullum explained that they wanted to give a chance to the youngster who has some real skills and talent.
Bairstow returns after five Tests absence
In another exciting news for English fans, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow will mark his return to International cricket after missing out on five consecutive games with a broken leg injury.
Anderson and Robinson rested before Ashes series
The seasoned campaigners James Anderson and Ollie Robinson have not been included in this match squad due to slight injuries but it also seems like a tactical decision taken by captain Ben Stokes keeping this winter’s Ashes series in mind.
Tongue impresses selectors with Sri Lanka tour performances
Josheph Charles “Josh” Tongue was added late into England’s squad following impressive performances during England Lions’ tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year where he bagged 11 wickets. He has continued to impress with his performances in the County Championship this year and also dismissed Steve Smith in a match against Sussex.
Tongue elated by dream debut call-up
The young fast bowler couldn’t hide his excitement upon receiving the news about his Test selection. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Tongue. “[I’m] speechless really, even from when I got the first call-up to be in the squad. Now being in the actual team, it’s just a dream come true really,” he added.
England XI to face Ireland: Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (capt), Jonny Bairstow(wkt), Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts Josh Tongue & Jack Leach