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Ben Stokes has backed Keaton Jennings to return to form after the opening batsman was dropped from England’s squad to face West Indies in next week’s day-night test at Edgbaston.

The 25-year-old Jennings managed just 127 runs in eight innings during England’s 3-1 series win over South Africa and was replaced by Mark Stoneman in the 13-man squad to face the Caribbeans from Thursday.

Lefthander Jennings scored 112 on his test debut in India last December and followed it up with a half-century in the next test against the world’s top-ranked side.

England also called up 20-year-old Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane for the first time in the longest format after he made his Twenty20 international debut in June.

Paceman Chris Woakes has recovered fully from the side strain he suffered during the Champions Trophy and returned to the squad in place of Steven Finn.

England will host West Indies for two more tests followed by a one-off T20 and a four-match one-day international series.

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Chris Woakes

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