England v West Indies: Toby Roland-Jones replaces Chris Woakes

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Chris Woakes made his international return from a side strain in the second Test at Headingley
England v West Indies, third Investec Test
Venue: Lord’s Dates: 7-11 September
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England have replaced all-rounder Chris Woakes with pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones for the third and deciding Test against West Indies at Lord’s.

Woakes returned to the England side for the second Test at Headingley, but struggled as the hosts were beaten by five wickets.

Middlesex’s Roland-Jones will play at his home ground in the match which begins on Thursday.

It is England’s last Test before they defend the Ashes this winter.

Woakes suffered a side strain in the opening game of the Champions Trophy in June and played only one County Championship match for Warwickshire before returning to the England Test side.

Though he made an unbeaten 61 in England’s second innings, he returned bowling figures of 1-78 and 1-44 as West Indies chased 322 on the final day to pull off a shock win.

“This is the team I think can win this week,” said England captain Joe Root.

“Chris is a fantastic performer across all the formats and I fully expect he will come back strong. There’s plenty of cricket to be played over the rest of the summer.”

Roland-Jones has taken 14 wickets in three Tests since making his debut against South Africa earlier this summer.

England are not only looking to avoid a home series defeat by West Indies for the first time since 1988, but also for members of their top order to establish themselves in Test cricket before the Ashes.

Opener Mark Stoneman and number five Dawid Malan both made half-centuries in Leeds, but number three Tom Westley has passed 10 only once in his previous five Test innings.

“You speak as a batting group and as a team you have conversations in the dressing room all the time. You want to make sure you are helping out when you can,” said Root.

“Ultimately no one knows Tom’s game better than he does and he will be desperate to prove a point.”


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