Josh Tongue hailed a ‘dream come true’ after it was announced he would make his England debut in the first Test of the summer against Ireland.
Tongue recently added Australian great Steve Smith to his impressive list of scalps in the County Championship and is set to make his England debut on June 1.
With James Anderson and Ollie Robinson rested ahead of the Ashes, Tongue has been given a chance to impress on the highest stage, edging out the experienced Chris Woakes, who had been expected to lead the bowling attack alongside Stuart Broad.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Speechless really, even from when I got the first call up to be in the squad. Now being in the actual team, it’s just a dream come true really,” Tongue said.
“Since I was a young kid I always dreamt about playing for England. Now knowing I stuck in there, shows that mentally I was in a good place and it’s come good.”