England add Josh Tongue to Ireland squad after injury sustained while bowling fast
England have added Worcestershire seaman Josh Tongue to their squad for next month’s Test against Ireland after suffering a series of speed bowling injuries.
Ollie Robinson and James Anderson have both been called up in the initial 15-man squad for this game but are not expected to play. The focus is on ensuring the front-line pair are fit for the first Ashes Test against Australia on June 16 after suffering minor ankle and groin injuries.
That leaves Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood as England’s seam options for the four-day game at Lord’s, but Tongue has now been added to that squad after making his first international call-up.
The 25-year-old has been on England’s radar for some time and was picked for the Lions’ tour to Sri Lanka this winter, despite only returning in August last year from a 15-month injury layoff during which he was considered a retirement from the game viewed.
Tongue took eight wickets, including a first inning 5-0, in the unofficial Test draw in Galle and earlier this month ended Steve Smith’s first County Championship innings of the summer for Sussex by scoring the Australian batter lbw for 30.
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