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Update England recall Anderson, Wood, Bairstow for South Africa Tests

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Jonny Bairstow, James Anderson and Mark Wood have been recalled to England's Test squad for the four-match series in South Africa which begins on Boxing Day. There is no place in the 17 man party, however, for Moeen Ali who continues to have a break from the Test arena.

Bairstow was dropped for the tour to New Zealand last month after a poor Ashes series, during which he averaged just 23.77 across the five Tests. Given his pedigree, his omission was always likely to be temporary and Ed Smith, the chief selector, said as much when the party for New Zealand was announced. It is hoped that the short break has allowed Bairstow to recharge and will lead to a return to his best form as a batsman.

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