Surrey’s Will Jacks has been called up to the England Test Match squad for the first time, as one of four players who will make the tour.
Jacks joins Surrey colleagues Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes, who have been regulars this summer as well as Jamie Overton who made his Test debut earlier this year.
Will Jacks has been in fine form across all formats, the all-rounder scored 648 runs at an average of 54 including two centuries and took 17 wickets with his off-spin as Surrey won the LV= County Championship. He scored 768 runs at an average of 38.4 across the Vitality Blast and The Hundred.
Jacks received his first England call up for the IT20 series against Pakistan in September, playing two games as England secured a thrilling series 4-3.
Pope and Foakes were part of a brilliant summer of red-ball cricket for England and Surrey. Both players scored important centuries as they consolidated their place in the England side and were in sparkling form when they returned to play wearing the Three Feathers – playing crucial knocks throughout the season.
Jamie Overton was a leader for Surrey, bowling consistently fast and striking some devastating blows down the order. In Overton’s Test debut, it was his batting that made a real impact, making 97 against New Zealand. Overton was recently rewarded for his performances with an England Pace Bowling Development contract.
Commenting on the selected squad, ECB Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said:
“We are looking forward to touring Pakistan as a Test team for the first time since 2005. It will be a historic tour and a compelling series against a good side.
“The selectors have picked a squad for the conditions we can expect in Pakistan. There is a strong blend of youth and experience and players who will adapt well to the types of pitches we are likely to get across the three-match series.
“I wish the players every success, especially those new to the squad and those returning after a period of time away.”
England Men’s Test Tour of Pakistan Schedule:
Three-day warm-up: England v Lions, 23-25 November, Zayed Cricket Complex, Abu Dhabi
First Test: Pakistan v England, 1-5 December, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Second Test: Pakistan v England, 9-13 December, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
Third Test: Pakistan v England, 17-21 December, National Stadium, Karachi