England v Ireland - Men's
England reveal extended squad for Ashes camp
World Cup-winning opener Jason Roy to debut against Ireland while Mark Wood and Jofra Archer on ice for early stages of Ashes series
Sam Ferris in Canterbury
18 July 2019, 08:00 AM AEST
Five members of England's World Cup-winning squad have been named to face Ireland in the historic Test next week, including uncapped opener Jason Roy.
Roy is part of a 13-player squad to face the Irish at Lord's from July 24-27 and is also part of an extended Ashes training camp that will convene on Saturday in St George's Park at Burton-Upon-Trent, home of the England football team.
England chief selector Ed Smith confirmed Roy would make his debut at Lord's.
"It's no secret we all rate him very highly and have total confidence he'll be able to adapt to Test cricket and demonstrate his skill and aura and talent with the bat in red-ball cricket," Smith told Sky Sports News.
"It just felt like a really good time to select Jason Roy, coming out of a World Cup with great success and great confidence."
Joining Roy are fellow World Cup winners Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali. England have rested Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler after the dramatic final against New Zealand.
"It was obviously clear those two (Stokes and Buttler) were very central to the World Cup campaign, they're always very reluctant to miss any matches but it was clear the best thing for the team was for them to have a short rest, they'll be at the training camp and be fine for the start of the Ashes," Smith said.
The World Cup triumph has come at cost, however, with Mark Wood ruled out for up to six weeks with a side injury. If he is sidelined for that full six-week period, it would not see him feature in the Ashes before the Fourth Test at Old Trafford, beginning September 4.
Jofra Archer has also suffered a side injury and won't be considered for Test selection until he rests and returns from Barbados later this month. That effectively rules him out of the first Ashes Test that starts August 1 at Edgbaston.
"We will bring the same rigour and clarity of thought to the Ashes campaign that we did to the World Cup," Smith said. "Yes, there is some injuries but we have depth and we're managing those injuries as best we can."
The Test squad features fresh faces in Roy and Lewis Gregory, the Somerset fast bowler who is captain of the England Lions XI taking on an Australian XI in Canterbury.
Gregory, 27, has been in prolific form in the County Championship and was the bowler who delivered the bouncer that thudded into the right elbow of Australia's Matt Wade and forced him to retire hurt on day three at the St Lawrence Ground.
"Lewis Gregory is in outstanding form form for Somerset, he's been one of the leading performers in the county, not only this year but last year too," said Smith.
"He also had a strong winter with the England Lions abroad in difficult conditions and has made a very strong case for selection."
Warwickshire seam bowler Olly Stone is the fourth seamer in the squad, alongside Gregory, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who is continuing to manage the calf injury he suffered playing for Lancashire on July 2.
Smith said the uncertainty of Anderson's fitness to face Ireland was a key reason England had named a 13-man squad instead of the usual 12 for home Tests.
Lions and Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach is the second spinner in the squad, and he enters having taken 5-109 against the Australians.
Wednesday's four-day clash will be England's maiden Test against Ireland, who were granted Full Member status, alongside Afghanistan, in June 2017.
Ireland have named four potential debutants in their 14-man squad to face England, captained by Will Porterfield, in what will be their third Test since been granted Full Member status.
Ireland lost to Pakistan by five wickets in their first Test in May 2018 and were defeated by seven wickets by Afghanistan in March this year.
England's Ashes squad for the first Test in Birmingham from August 1 will likely be named at the end of the Ireland Test.
England Ashes training camp: Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
England squad for Ireland Test: Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jack Leach, Lewis Gregory, Olly Stone.
Ireland squad: Will Porterfield (c), Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.
2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England
Tour match: Australia v Australia A, July 23-26
Tour match: Australians v Worcestershire, August 7-9
Second Test: August 14-18,Lord's
Third Test: August 22-26, Headingley
Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31
Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford
Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval