July 23, 2015
England named one change yesterday with Jonny Bairstow replacing Gary Ballance in their 13-man squad for the 3rd Test. Jonny Bairstow’s sensational form with five centuries this year for his county side Yorkshire has been rewarded and he will join up with the squad going into the Edgbaston Test starting the 29th July.
The news came from the ECB this week that the inevitable has happened with Ballance being dropped for his poor run of form in an England shirt. This coming for awhile with his last 10 innings for his country amounting to an average of 17.5.
New Head coach Trevor Bayliss gave the players a strong warning after that abysmal performance at Lord’s where England were routed twice by the Aussie quick’s. Ballance has payed the price but it could quite easily of been Lyth or Bell.
Instead Bell has been named to bat at 3 while it looks likely that new recruit Bairstow could slot in at 5. This also means that Joe Root will be pushed up to bat at 4.
James Whitaker who is a National selector for England stated:
“Jonny has worked extremely hard at his game and his record for Yorkshire speaks for itself. He fully deserves this opportunity.
“We feel that [Ballance] 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.”
England squad to face Australia in the third Test at Edgbaston: Alastair Cook (Essex); Moeen Ali (Worcestershire); James Anderson (Lancashire); Jonny 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).