Barbadian-born speedster Jofra Archer is poised to face West Indies for the first time in a Test after being included in a 13-man squad for this week’s opener at The Ageas Bowl.
The 25-year-old has played seven Tests since his debut a year ago but missed England’s most recent assignments in South Africa and Sri Lanka after sustaining a stress fracture of his elbow.
Archer sent down 15 overs in the three-day inter-squad warm-up match in Southampton earlier this week, picking up two wickets.
Both he and fellow fast bowler Mark Wood have been included in the squad but only one is expected to play alongside the new-ball pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, with fast-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes also named in the 13.
Off-spinner Dom Bess, 22, is the lone specialist spinner in the unit.
As expected, all-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the squad in Joe Root’s absence while left-handed opener Rory Burns returns following injury, in a batting line-up that includes rookies Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope, along with Joe Denly.
Sibley, Crawley and Pope are yet to play 10 Tests, representing an inexperienced batting unit for the hosts.
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