England vs West Indies: No place for Baristow, Moeen, England names Dom Bess in 13 man squad

England have found no room for Jonny Bairstow or Moeen Ali among the 22 players named for next week’s first Test against West Indies.

Rather England have named Dom Bess as their spinner in a 13-man squad for the first Test against West Indies, which begins on Wednesday. Off-spinner Bess is chosen ahead of Jack Leach and Moeen Ali, who is not among the list of nine reserves.

Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly will be the top four in the absence of Joe Root, who misses out for the birth of his second child.

Ben Stokes will stand in as captain for Root in Southampton. Ben Foakes has been named as second-choice wicketkeeper behind vice-captain Jos Buttler.

England squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone.