After learning that Yorkshire batsman Harry Brook will take the place of the injured Jonny Bairstow in the series finale against South Africa, England captain Ben Stokes expressed excitement about the idea of Brook making his Test debut.
With Bairstow out due to a strange leg injury sustained while playing golf, Brook is the only alteration to the England XI that won convincingly in the second Test at Old Trafford to tie the three-match series.
Bairstow has been in outstanding form this year, amassing 1,061 runs in 10 Tests, including six hundreds.
On the eve of the decisive Test, Stokes remarked at the Oval on Wednesday, “Harry is someone who has been spoken about a lot as representing England moving ahead.”
“It’s incredible how possibilities can sometimes come to people. He deserved the chance to join the squad at first, and he deserves the chance this week.”