England have announced their 12-man squad ahead of the first Test against South Africa. This series will be veteran batsman Joe Root’s first as a captain after Alastair Cook was sacked from captaincy on the Indian tour.
Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance makes it into the 12 for the upcoming test, left handed batsman Ballance was preferred for the national side behind his unreal run in the county championship. Balance managed 815 runs at an average of 101.88 behind the great Kumar Sangakkara.
The chairman Whitaker of the England Cricket Team selectors quoted: “”Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October”
Keaton Jennings who had a good run in his last test series has regained his position whereas young Haseeb Hameed has been omitted following his poor run in the county championship.
Toby Roland Jones too stands a chance to make a debut in the upcoming test for England, his fellow pacemen; Stuart Broad and James Anderson have overcome their injuries to take place in the squad.
Selector James Whitaker said that they had been monitoring Toby Roland Jones after he came into the test side for the series against Pakistan last July.
Jake Ball and Chris Woakes both could not overcome their injuries and were not considered for selection.
England squad for the first Test: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Liam Dawson, Keaton Jennings, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.