England name 13-man squad for third Ashes test

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England selectors today announced a 13-man squad for the 3rd Investec Ashes Test beginning on Wednesday July 29 at Edgbaston.

There is one change to the squads for the first two Tests with Jonathan Bairstow coming in to the 13 in place of Gary Ballance. Bairstow has played 14 Tests in his career to date with his last appearance coming in 2014 against Australia in Sydney.

The series is currently level a 1-1 with three Tests still to be played.

National selector, James Whitaker, said: “The break ahead of the third Test will give the squad time to reflect on series so far and a chance to focus on playing the positive, confident cricket we saw in Cardiff.

“For the third Test Ian Bell will move up the order to bat at three followed by Joe Root with Jonny Bairstow coming in at five. Jonny has worked extremely hard at his game and his record for Yorkshire speaks for itself. He fully deserves this opportunity.

“Gary was naturally disappointed to miss out on this occasion however we feel that he will benefit from some time in county cricket to rediscover his form. He has already had plenty of success at international level and as selectors we are confident Gary will play a significant role for England in the future.

“On behalf of the selectors I’d like to wish Alastair, Trevor and the squad all the very best for what will I’m sure be an entertaining and competitive Test next week.”

England squad for 3rd Investec Ashes Test

Alastair Cook (Essex)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Adam Lyth (Yorkshire)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Mark Wood (Durham)

Adam Lyth has received an England Increment contract for 2014-15. Non-contracted players can earn an England increment contract via a points system. Five points are awarded for a Test appearance and two for a T20 or ODI appearance, with an increment contract being awarded automatically once the player reaches 20 points during the 12-month contract period.

Lyth has reached 20 points having played four Tests in the current contract period; two against New Zealand and two against Australia.