Ashes cost revealed as $1.2m star axed
Jonny Bairstow has been sensationally dumped as a Test player for England’s tour of New Zealand later this year.
Bairstow pays the price for a disappointing Ashes series with the bat and England’s new wicketkeeper is likely to be Jos Buttler.
It is a dramatic call by chief selector Ed Smith who consulted captain Joe Root before making the decision.
The move comes just days after Bairstow was handed a full England contract worth around $1.2 million.
Jonny Bairstow out, Ollie Pope in.Source:Supplied
The Test squad includes uncapped batsmen Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley as well as Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood and leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.
Surrey’s Ollie Pope, who played two Tests in 2018, is also called up, while quicks Jimmy Anderson and Mark Wood were not considered because of injury.
Bairstow is included in the squad for England’s five T20 matches starting in early November, with the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Buttler and Jofra Archer rested for the shortest format.
Dominic Sibley is the future. Picture: PASource:Supplied
Legspinner Matt Parkinson received a call-up. Picture: GettySource:Supplied
That experimental squad includes new faces in Somerset batsman Tom Banton, Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown as well as Mahmood and Parkinson.
Moeen Ali, who withdrew from red-ball cricket last week, is not included in the T20 party even though he specifically said on Saturday that he is available for those games.
World Cup star Jason Roy, one of the most punishing white ball batsmen on the planet, is also excluded.
Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood is in a squad still missing Jimmy Anderson. Picture: PASource:Supplied
Root (capt), Archer, Broad, Burns, Buttler, Crawley, S. Curran, Denly, Leach, Mahmood, Parkinson, Pope, Sibley, Stokes, Woakes.
Morgan (capt), Bairstow, Banton, Billings, Brown, S. Curran, T. Curran, Denly, Gregory, Jordan, Mahomood, Malan, Parkinson, Rashid, Vince.
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