England drop Bairstow, Foakes and Leach for West Indies test series

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LONDON (AP) — England dropped Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes and Jack Leach from their test squad ahead of the series against the West Indies.

In the freshened-up 14-man squad for the first two tests, England called up three uncapped players: wicketkeeper-batter Jamie Smith and seamers Gus Atkinson and Dillon Pennington. Young spinner Shoaib Bashir has been preferred to Leach in what amounts to a changing of the guard.

James Anderson was selected but the 41-year-old seamer will only play the first test, at Lord’s starting July 10, before retiring.

Bairstow is the most high-profile casualty, dropped on exactly 100 caps. Smith has seen off Bairstow and Foakes to claim the wicketkeeper spot.

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England squad: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson (first Test only), Gus Atkinson, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Dillon Pennington, Ollie Pope, Matt Potts, Joe Root, Jamie Smith, Chris Woakes.

West Indies squad:

Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva (wicket-keeper), Jason Holder, Kavem Hodge, Tevin Imlach, Shamar Joseph, Mikyle Louis, Zachary McCaskie, Kirk McKenzie, Gudakesh Motie, Jeremiah Louis, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair.

Fixtures for England series:1st Test:Wednesday July 10 at Lord’s2nd Test: Thursday July  18 at Trent Bridge3rd Test: Friday July 26 at Edgbaston