Josh Tongue added to England squad for Ireland Test

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24 May 2023 | 11:40 AM staff

Josh Tongue added to England squad for Ireland Test

Tongue toured Sri Lanka with the England Lions in February, picking 5 for 34 and 3 for 77 against Sri Lanka A

With James Anderson and Ollie Robinson fighting injury concerns, England are left with just four pace-bowling options for the Ireland Test, starting on June 1. To ease that concern, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have added Worcestershire seamer Josh Tongue to the line-up to face Ireland. 

"The invaluable experience I gained during the winter as part of the Lions team has given me the hunger to represent my country in more international cricket matches and obviously, the next step is Test cricket. While my focus has primarily been on playing for Worcestershire, who I love playing for, the news of my selection for the Test squad is fantastic news."

Tongue toured Sri Lanka with the England Lions in February, picking 5 for 34 and 3 for 77 against Sri Lanka A. Tongue started the County season with 11 wickets in four Division Two Championship matches and dismissed Steve Smith in the match against Sussex. 

The striking aspect of his bowling is his ability to generate pace and bounce and with Mark Wood sitting out of the Ireland Test to stay fresh for the Ashes, England might actually look to play him against Ireland. 

"We have been monitoring Josh for quite some time and he deserves this call-up to the Test squad. It will be a great experience for him to understand and get used to the environment under Ben and Brendon,” Luke Wright, England men's national selector, said.

"It is important to have players ready to respond and with a big summer of Test cricket coming up, we will need that depth to our squad. We wish Josh and the rest of the squad well for the first international of the campaign.”

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