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England set to call-up Jamie Smith ahead of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes

Jamie Smith smiles while wearing a helmet


England are set to hand a debut to Surrey’s Jamie Smith – picking him ahead of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes – when they name the squad for the first Test against West Indies on Sunday.

As reported in the Telegraph,, external Smith will keep wicket in the first Test at Lord’s, beginning on 10 July, despite Foakes being Surrey’s first-choice gloveman.

The 23-year-old was England’s wicketkeeper in their two one-day internationals against Ireland last September.

He is an exciting batting talent, averaging more than 40 in first-class cricket and in excess of 50 in this season’s County Championship. Smith’s strokeplay fits in with England’s positive style of play and their desire to have an aggressive batter at number seven.

His inclusion is another sign of England’s intent to freshen up the Test side, partly with the 2025-26 Ashes series in Australia in mind.

Foakes and Bairstow have traded the gloves since captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum took over in 2022.

Foakes kept wicket on the tour of India earlier this year, with Bairstow playing as a specialist batter. The return of Harry Brook, who missed that tour to be with his ill grandmother, always meant at least one of Foakes or Bairstow would miss out.



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