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Middlesex right-arm seamer Toby Roland-Jones will make his England test debut against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday after Mark Wood was ruled out with a heel injury.

The 29-year-old has one limited overs cap for England, and captain Joe Root said Roland-Jones would be keen to take his chance in the third game of the four-match series, which is level at 1-1.

Roland-Jones’s Middlesex team mate Steven Finn, whose last England test appearance was in October last year, has been called up to the squad as standby.

Another player making his test debut alongside Roland-Jones is Essex batsman Tom Westley, replacing Gary Balance, who broke his finger during the second test at Trent Bridge.

After a convincing win in his first test as England skipper, Root’s captaincy came in for criticism after England were thrashed by 340 runs in the second test, and he said the team were eager to make amends.

The match will be the 100th test at the Oval — making it the fourth ground to reach that milestone after Lord’s, Melbourne and Sydney.

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