Roy given first England Test call

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England have given Jason Roy his first Test call-up to face Ireland after the Surrey opener played a key role in his country´s historic World Cup triumph, but pace bowler Mark Wood will be sidelined for between four and six weeks. Roy was a crucial part of England´s first World Cup-winning campaign, with his return after missing three matches with a torn hamstring coinciding with the winning streak that carried them to the title. South Africa-born Roy scored 443 runs in the World Cup, but England´s selectors were keen to get him red-ball practice ahead of the Ashes series against old rivals Australia, which starts on August 1 at Edgbaston.