Peter Moores has handed opportunities to several new faces ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka that starts today.
Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan have come into the squad while Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes have been brought back in.
I like the balance of the squad with Ali strengthening the batting line-up as well as offering a spin option.
The only selection I am disappointed with is that of Woakes.
He has had the odd opportunity here and there and has never set the world on fire.
Woakes is a typical England pick though. He is just a safe choice as he can do a bit of everything, he’s a jack of all trades really.
I find it very strange that Ben Stokes has missed out.
There were rumours he is injured, but he was out in action for Durham this week.
I think Yorkshire’s big pace man Liam Plunkett deserves his call-up to the squad.
Adam Lyth missed out in the end, but he must have come close to a call-up.
I think if it was a 15-man squad he would have been in it, but they opted for Robson in the end and they seem keen on the Middlesex man.
While we’re on with Lythy, I hope you’ve all seen the stunning catch Adam and Aaron Finch took in the dramatic t20 win over Roses rivals Lancashire on Friday night.
Every single aspect of cricket has improved dramatically since the inception of t20.
We’ve seen some unbelievable catches in recent years, but surely nothing tops Adam’s part in the catch last week, and fair play to Finch, who made sure he was on hard to take the catch in the end.
We’re getting close to the biggest cycling event in the world coming to our region as the Tour de France kicks off in Yorkshire.
Everyone was disappointed when it was announced that the Grand Depart wouldn’t be rolling into Scarborough, but it is still great that the event is coming to Yorkshire.
It is looking likely that Britain’s biggest cycling star, Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be left out of Team Sky’s line-up for the event, which comes as a huge blow.
I keep reading stories about Luke Shaw leaving Southampton to join Manchester United for £160,000 a week.
I have to say, Shaw has everything in his locker and he will play for England for many, many years.
You could argue he is England’s best left-back already, but I’d like to see him stay for a couple of years before inevitably jumping ship.
Performance of the Week:
Rafael Nadal was at his imposing best as he won his ninth title in 10 years at the French Open at Roland Garros.
Quote of the Week:
“It is not in Roy Hodgson’s DNA to attack but with this team he has got no choice.”