One Sussex paceman in England squad to face West Indies – another must wait his turn

Jofra Archer / Picture: Getty

Both have been in a 29-man England training group and were involved in a three-day practice match at the Ageas Bowl – where the opening Test starts on Wednesday – in which they played for Jos Buttler’s side against a Ben Stokes-led team.

Archer is in the squad for the first Test but Robinson is only one of nine reserves.

Robinson, outstanding for Sussex in red-ball cricket over the past couple of summers, has impressed England staff over the past year and his Test debut will surely come – even if not just yet.

Ollie Robinson / Picture: Getty

England Test Squad for the first Test v West Indies:

Ben Stokes (Durham) – captain

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jofra Archer (Sussex)

Dominic Bess (Somerset)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Ollie Pope (Surrey)

Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

Test Reserves:

James Bracey (Gloucestershire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Ben Foakes (Surrey)

Dan Lawrence (Essex)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Stokes is set to become the 81st England men’s Test captain on Wednesday after it was confirmed earlier in the week that he will replace Joe Root as captain.

Root, who has returned to Sheffield to be at the birth of his second child, left the secure bubble in Southampton earlier this week. He will self-isolate for seven days before joining up with the squad ahead of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford starting on July 16.

#raisethebat Three-match Test Series:

1st Test: England v West Indies, July 8-12, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

2nd Test: England v West Indies, July 16-20, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

3rd Test: England v West Indies, July 24-28, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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