England captain Joe Root has confirmed that Jason Roy and Olly Stone will make their debuts in the four-day Test against Ireland starting at Lord’s on Wednesday.
Surrey batsman Roy earns his first cap off the back of fine form for England’s white-ball team having been a key part of the squad that won the World Cup on July 14.
Stone makes his debut having recovered from a back injury that forced him to return home early from England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year.
It means James Anderson, who has a right calf injury, and Somerset’s Lewis Gregory, miss out from the Three Lions’ 13-strong squad for the Test.
World Cup heroes Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler were rested, while injury ruled out Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.
England team v Ireland: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack Leach.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Click to see Steve Smith’s ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ impression.