Gary Ballance and Liam Dawson included in England squad for opening Test against South Africa

England has included batsman Gary Ballance and spinner Liam Dawson in the squad for the first Test against South Africa to be played at Lords on 6th July. The hosts England will play four test matches against South Africa with the first one to be played at Lords. Gary Ballance might play at no.3 while Dawson might not play this one. Toby Roland-Jones who made his limited overs debut for England last month in the one day series against South Africa is in frame to make his Test debut against same opponent at his home ground Lords.

Roland-Jones has done well this season taking 22 wickets in the County Championship season thus far. Haseeb Hameed has struggled this season and has not been selected for the series against South Africa. Keaton Jennings will open the innings with Alastair Cook while Jake Ball and Chris Woakes are out of the first test due to injuries.

This going to be Joe Root’s first task as new captain as Chairman of selectors James Whitaker that they expect great times with Root at the center of leadership for England.

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