Seamer Josh Tongue will make his England debut in the one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s starting on Thursday.
The 25-year-old will join Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts in England’s seam attack. He is replacing James Anderson (groin) and Ollie Robinson (ankle). Anderson and Robinson both ruled out ahead of the Ashes starting on Friday, June 16.
Tongue has taken 11 wickets in four County Championship matches this season, including the lbw of Australia’s Steve Smith when Worcestershire faced Sussex, and his entire first-class record stands at 162 wickets in 47 games at an average of 26.04.
Tongue, who missed 15 months of cricket between 2021 and 2022 owing to a right shoulder injury that required two procedures, told Sky Sports News last week that he would add “pace, bounce, and a bit of movement” if he made his Test debut.
Seamer Josh Tongue will make his England debut in the Test against Ireland at Lord’s from Thursday
Tongue remarked after his selection at Lord’s was announced on Tuesday, “It’s an amazing feeling.” I’ve been speechless since the first time I was called up to the squad. Being a part of the actual team is indeed a dream come true.
“Baz (coach Brendon McCullum) approached me shortly before training ended and gave me the good news.” I bowled at some of the boys on Monday, and I felt like I bowled beautifully, so I must have bowled rather well to get picked.”
Woakes was expecting to play his first Test since March 2022. His first at home since September 2021, after missing the previous summer’s games due to a knee injury.
“It’s then how do you fit them both in? We couldn’t find a way to do that so we’ve ended up with Jonny keeping and batting at No 7.”
Harry Brook, Bairstow’s successor, began his Test career with four hundreds in six games and has held his slot at No 5, with Foakes the unfortunate man to lose out.
Following the omission of Foakes from the team announced a few weeks earlier, England managing director of men’s cricket Rob Key stated, “It is something we agonised over for quite some time.”
“You’ve got two very good cricketers: Foakes, who has done everything asked of him.”
“On the other side, Bairstow, who was one of the world’s best batsmen last year.”
“The question is, how do you fit them both in?” We couldn’t find a method to accomplish that, so Jonny is now keeping and batting at No. 7.”