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Assessing Sam Robson, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan's Chances of England Test Debut

England bowler Chris Jordan celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, left, who was caught out by Harry Gurney during the One Day cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Oval cricket ground in London, Thursday, May 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Chris BradshawFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

There will be an unfamiliar look to the England Team at Lord's next week. The management signalled their intent for a fresh start after the Ashes debacle by naming Sam Robson, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali in a 12-man squad.

With at least two of the uncapped trio in line for a Test debut against Sri Lanka, what can England fans expect from the latest additions to the five-day team?

 

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Sam Robson of Middlesex plays off his legs during the LV County Championship match between Warwickshire and Middlesex at Edgbaston on May 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Sam Robson

First-class record:
71 matches, 4869 runs @ 42.33, highest score 215 not out

2014 County Championship record:
7 matches, 517 runs @ 51.7, highest score 163

Sam Robson has been on the radar of the England hierarchy for some time now. The 24-year-old impressed on the Lions' tour to Sri Lanka earlier this year, notching up two centuries in his five innings.

That rich vein of form has continued in the County Championship, where he averages over 51 this year.

It would be a stretch to describe the Sydney-born opener as flamboyant, but his unfussy technique should be well suited to the longest form of the game.

Supporters will no doubt be hoping that Robson enjoys a lengthier career than the last Aussie-born cricketer to open the batting for England, Jason Gallian.

Likelihood to play: 100%

 

ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - FEBRUARY 28:  Moeen Ali of England bats during the 1st One Day International between West Indies and England at Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground on February 28, 2014 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/G
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Moeen Ali

First-class record:
114 matches, 6893 runs @ 38.72, highest score 250
139 wickets @ 40.43, BB 6/29

2014 County Championship record:
5 matches, 371 runs @ 74.2, highest score 162
7 wickets @ 29.14, BB 3/43

With no obvious replacement for Graeme Swann on the horizon, England have opted for a player they hope will contribute more than the sum of his individual talents.

With career batting and bowling averages on the wrong side of 40, Moeen Ali doesn't automatically jump out as a Test candidate. The Worcestershire all-rounder has been an impressive performer in county cricket, though, and showed flashes of what he's capable of during the winter.

He's certainly in good touch at the moment, scoring a silky 162 in his most recent Championship outing against Surrey.

Ali's bowling is neat and tidy, and if he does finally deliver his much-anticipated doosra, he could become a much more serious proposition with the ball.

Likelihood to play: 95%

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Chris Jordan of England celebrates dismissing Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka during the 1st Royal London One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at The Kia Oval on May 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Gar
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Chris Jordan

First-class record:
61 matches, runs 1500 @ 21.73, highest score 92
172 wickets @ 31.43, BB 7/43

2014 County Championship record:
2 matches, 37 runs @ 9.0, highest score 15
11 wickets @ 19.27, BB 5/76

One of the few plus points of England's disastrous tour Down Under was the one-day form of Chris Jordan.

The 25-year-old's rapid development has continued in the early part of the 2014 English season with a string of impressive ODI performances. The Sussex seamer looks at ease in the international arena is plenty quick enough for the role of third or even fourth seamer in the Test side.

When the mood takes, he can be a truly devastating batsman and certainly bolsters an England lower order that was desperately short of runs during the winter.

Throw in his abilities in the slip cordon and he'll offer plenty to this fledgling England line-up.

Likelihood to play: 95%

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