Congratulations

To Tom Westley on his England call up.  Having already taken a hundred off the South Africans for the Lions, we hope that form continues at the Oval and beyond.

With the exception of Alistair Cook the England selectors have generally gone for Division 1 players so it was appropriate that having scored over 1200 runs in 2016 to secure promotion for Essex, Tom continued that form in 2017 scoring three centuries and finally getting noticed. It also makes sense to have a number three for England who actually bats in that position for his county, plus it breaks up the left handers (which would have been three again if Mark Stoneman had been selected).

With career stats of 8050 runs @ 37.44 and 18 centuries, now is the time for the ultimate test.  Everyone at Weston Colville is willing him to succeed, not only at the Oval, but for many more Test matches to come.