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England call up Bairstow for third Ashes Test

Jonny Bairstow. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Jonny Bairstow has returned to the England squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia, in place of Gary Ballance.

Bairstow last played Test cricket in the final match of England's 2013/14 Ashes whitewash defeat in Sydney, and is rewarded for his superb form for Yorkshire this season.

His county team-mate Ballance, by contrast, has paid the price in an otherwise unchanged 13-man squad after his run of poor scores continued at number three as Australia levelled the series with a 405-run thrashing of their hosts at Lord's.