England captain Root confirms Test debuts for duo against Ireland

Jason Roy England Test debuts

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.