You could make a statistical case for Hales's inclusion, based on his county red-ball performances. He has been tried before, but as an opener, and he might get another go as a number 5. It is hard to find any justification for Roy or Buttler, especially when Buttler at least opted out of a chance to play for Lancs this season. I think Roy was in the IPL too, but didn't play much?Aug 25-29, 2017 - 2nd Test at Headingley, Leeds
England (from): Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Chris Woakes
West Indies (from): Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Obviously all three are 'talented' and we all know there's more to it than figures; but there has to be some commitment to learning the skills required, doesn't there?
Part of the problem is that our young county batsmen are not exposed to the quality of bowler that they would have met 30 years ago. This is partly the fault of the ECB for preventing Anderson, Broad and Co from playing. More, it's the changing economic situation where foreign bowlers can now earn a fortune for playing a month in India, when back then they were all in England.
Actually, the development of young batsmen is being helped by Kolpak South Africans. So perhaps these ought to be encouraged!