Daw­son to face South Africa in first Test

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - LON­DON:

Joe Root, the new Eng­land cap­tain, has con­firmed that spin­ner Liam Daw­son will play in the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s start­ing to­day. With Eng­land hav­ing se­lected a 12-man squad, it means that, for the sec­ond year in a row, un­capped pace­man Toby Roland-Jones has missed out on the chance of mak­ing a Test de­but at his Mid­dle­sex home ground. This match will be Hamp­shire left-armer Daw­son’s first Test on home soil af­ter he made a de­but against In­dia at Chen­nai in De­cem­ber. His in­clu­sion means that Eng­land will field two spin­ners-off­break bowler Moeen Ali and Daw­son-in a Lord’s Test for the first time since 1993. Root also con­firmed Wed­nes­day that his re­called York­shire col­league Gary Bal­lance would bat at three, with the skip­per him­self in at four and their fel­low county team-mate Jonny Bairstow, the wicket-keeper, in at num­ber five. Root was named as Alas­tair Cook’s suc­ces­sor in Fe­bru­ary, but Eng­land have not played a Test in the in­ter­ven­ing pe­riod and Thurs­day’s first of a four-match se­ries will mark his open­ing match in charge. — AFP

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