Moeen and Bairstow miss out on England squad for Windies opener
London: Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were both left out of England's 13-man squad announced Saturday for next week's first Test against the West Indies, with neither experienced player even among a list of nine reserves. Off-spinner Moeen had made himself available for Test cricket again after taking a break from the red-ball game. But although Moeen was included in England's 30-strong training squad, England went with incumbent off-spinner Dom Bess, who impressed during a victorious tour of South Africa, as their specialist slow bowler for the behind closed doors series-opener at Southampton starting on July 8. It was a similar story with wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow, who like Moeen may be set for more of a white-ball role as England try to cram in a full international fixture despite losing several months of their home season to the coronavirus pandemic. Bairstow's fate for this match was effectively sealed when fellow wicket-keeper and World Cup winner Jos Buttler, the current Test gloveman, was named as vice-captain to Ben Stokes after it was confirmed regular skipper Joe Root would miss the first Test to attend the birth of his second child. - AFP Y