Westley to make England debut in third South Africa test

Essex's Tom Westley in action. Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

 Essex batsman Tom Westley will make his international debut for England in next week’s third test against South Africa, replacing injured Garry Ballance at number three in the 13-man squad.

Westley has enjoyed a prolific season for Essex in the County Championship, scoring 478 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 53.11.

The 28-year-old right-hander also scored an unbeaten 106 for England Lions last month against a full-strength South African bowling attack.

Middlesex’s middle order batsman Dawid Malan, the other new face in the squad, could also be handed a debut if England choose to play an extra batsman in the Oval test, which starts on July 27.

South Africa levelled the four-match series at 1-1 on Monday, thrashing England by 340 runs on the fourth day of the Trent Bridge test.

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Liam Dawson, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Tom Westley, Mark Wood.

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