Stoneman in, Jennings out of England squad to face Windies

Crane removed AB de Villiers on his T20 debut at Cardiff in June

Crane removed AB de Villiers on his T20 debut at Cardiff in June

Chris Woakes has also marked a return from injury with a recall while exciting young leg-spinner Mason Crane makes it into a Test squad for the first time ever with Gary Ballance and Liam Dawson joining Jennings on the list of discarded players.

Neither Stoneman nor Crane have played Test cricket before, but there is a possibility they could feature in the first Test, which will be the first day-night Test match held in England.

"It's been a long road, a few ups and downs, but to get that call was quite the release of emotion and something I am very proud of".

The Johannesburg-born batsman managed to contribute just 127 runs in eight innings during the recent series, allowing Stoneman to be handed his chance.

"You see it written about and you dream in your head that maybe you could do but I thought probably not this year".

National selector James Whitaker said he hoped Jennings will return to his county and "recapture the form" which made him the leading run-scorer in the 2016 County Championship. "I am sure he will find his confidence and look to score runs in the remaining matches of this season", said James Whitaker, England's chairman of selectors.

And while his exclusion does not signal the end of the 25-year-old's Test career, it means he will more than likely not make the trip to Australia this winter.

Following the West Indies series, England will tour Australia in defence of the Ashes this winter.

Clearly England have moved on from Adil Rashid in red-ball cricket for whatever reason - he took 30 wickets in India and Bangladesh over the winter, so I have some sympathy for him. It is an incredible feeling to get called up and hopefully I put in some hard work now and I'll get a game.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Chris Woakes is also back in the Test side after a side strain led to him missing almost all of the Champions Trophy and the series against South Africa that followed.

It is at the top of the order where most eyes will be.

Jennings has got a really good character, the England hierarchy like him very much and he works very hard at his game - that's what he's got to do to come back a better player.

He's only played a couple of seasons of first-class cricket and that's an bad lot to ask making the step up to Test cricket.

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Chris Woakes.

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