Sam Curran absent but Denly in the England team for the first test against the West Indies | sport


The notable absentees of the 13 from England for Wednesday’s first test against the West Indies are Jack Leach and Sam Curran, the chances of selection of the latter being reduced by a bug which prevented him from participating in two of the three days of the match drive. Dom Bess will take the place of the spinner and Joe Denly is preferred to the uncapped Dan Lawrence.Two seniors, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow, pack their bags and leave the Rose Bowl bubble. None is required for the test run against the West Indies and must now focus conscientiously on joining the white bubble before the three ODIs scheduled against Ireland in late July.


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