Trott, Stokes earn England recalls
England name six Yorkshire players but Australia-born Robson dropped from their squad for three-Test series against West Indies
18 March 2015, 10:53 PM AEST
Jonathan Trott has been recalled to England's Test squad for the first time since he withdrew from the 2013-14 Ashes series due to a stress-related illness.
The right-hander was named in England's 16-man squad for the three-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean, which starts next month.
However, Australia-born opener Sam Robson has been dropped after seven Tests for England. He scored 336 runs at 30.54 as Alastair Cook's opening partner.
Allrounder Ben Stokes has also been recalled while the squad features six players from defending county champions Yorkshire, who are coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie.
Two of the Yorkshire members in the squad – batsman Adam Lyth and leg-spinning allrounder Adil Rashid – are uncapped, as is Durham fast-bowler Mark Wood.
Lyth, Finch combine for amazing catch
Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett are the other players from Gillespie's reigning county champions in the squad.
Trott, who has a Test average of 46.45, flew home after the first Test of the 13-14 Ashes in Brisbane with what was later diagnosed as situational anxiety.
He returned to cricket with his county side Warwickshire last year, scoring three centuries in eight first-class matches, and posted scores of 79 not out, 211 not out, 0 and 53 on the England Lions tour of South Africa in January.
Stokes, who was one of the few England players to impress during the Ashes whitewash last summer, played the most recent of his six Tests in England's loss to India at Lord's last July.
A powerful left-handed batsman and impressive fast-medium bowler, Stokes broke a wrist after he punched a locker in frustration after being dismissed in Barbados.
Stokes was surprisingly left out of England's World Cup squad and instead put in some impressive performances for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Stokes stars on debut for the Renegades
He also performed well for the Lions in South Africa, highlighted by an unbeaten 151 in a 50-over match against South Africa A in Pretoria.
Chris Woakes will miss the entire tour through injury while Moeen Ali is recovering from a side strain but could join the tour at a later date.
"This series marks the start of a busy period of Test Match cricket for the England team and I am sure that Alastair and the players will all be keen to build on the success they enjoyed last summer against India," said National Selector James Whitaker.
"Jonathan Trott produced some outstanding performances for Warwickshire last summer scoring five centuries and also made an unbeaten double hundred during the recent successful England Lions tour. He is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad.
Gutted to not be picked for the upcoming West Indies tour. Determined to play test cricket again. Hard work starts with Middlesex next week!— Steven Finn (@finnysteve) March 18, 2015
"Adam, Adil and Mark are all players who have performed impressively over the last 12 months and they will now have an opportunity to push for a regular place in the Test side’s starting line-up."
England's tour of the West Indies begins with the first of two warm-up matches in St Kitts on April 6 before the Tests in Antigua, Grenada and Barbados.
They then return home to host New Zealand before Australia arrives for a five-Test Ashes series in June.
England: Alastair Cook (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Mark Wood.
Trott's second-innings dismissal in Brisbane