Essex’s Westley to make England debut

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Tom Westley has a highest score of 111 for Essex this season
Third Test: England v South Africa
Venue: Kia Oval, London Date: 27-31 July Time: 11:00 BST
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Essex batsman Tom Westley will make his England debut in the third Test against South Africa at The Oval starting on 27 July.

The selectors confirmed the 28-year-old will bat at number three in place of Gary Ballance, who broke a finger in the second Test.

Uncapped Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan has also been named in a 13-man squad.

The four-Test series is level at 1-1 following South Africa’s 340-run win at Trent Bridge.

Westley has scored 478 runs at an average of 53.11, including two centuries, for County Championship leaders Essex this season. He averages 37.44 in his first-class career.

He hit 106 not out for England Lions against a full-strength South Africa bowling attack at Worcester last month.

Malan, who made 78 off 44 balls on his international Twenty20 debut last month, could play if England select an extra batsman after being bowled out for 205 and 133 in the second Test.

The 29-year-old left-hander averages 42.50 for Middlessex in Division One this season.

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman, the third highest run-scorer in the top flight this summer, was overlooked by the selectors on his home ground.

Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones, who was left out of the XI at Trent Bridge, retains his place in the squad.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

This is not a panic-struck selection. One change was enforced and England had to pick another batsman after last week’s defeat. Given Jennings is going to open, that ruled out Stoneman.

Tom Westley has had a good season but has a career average of 37. To bat against South Africa in a crucial Test match at number three, that is a big step up.

Malan is an interesting selection. If you look at how England played at Trent Bridge, everyone was saying knuckle down, but they have gone for someone whose career is built around T20 cricket.

He has had a decent first-class summer and England are looking at him to bat after Moeen Ali.

England squad for third Test

Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain), Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Durham), Tom Westley (Essex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Mark Wood (Durham), James Anderson (Lancashire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex).

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