England have called up Middlesex’s Ed Joyce as their Ashes tour replacement for opening batsman Marcus Trescothick.
Somerset opener Trescothick returned to the UK from Australia this morning after a recurrence of his stress-related illness forced him to quit the tour.
Joyce, 28, was promoted from England’s Academy squad, who fly out to Perth later today for a five-week training camp, and has yet to play in a Test match.
The left-hander made his international debut in June in a limited overs match against Ireland - his country of birth - and played a further two times in the shortened form of the game during the summer.
Chairman of selectors David Graveney said: "As we already have other players in the squad who have experience of opening the innings we have decided to choose a replacement who will be able to cover a number of different positions within the order.
"Ed is a highly promising player who has performed well for Middlesex this season and I am sure he will be delighted to be part of an Ashes squad."
Joyce will join up with the Ashes squad in Adelaide on Friday.