Jonny Bairstow has been named in an England Test squad for the first time, while Graham Onions also returns for the opener against West Indies.
Yorkshireman Bairstow, 22, one of a 13-man squad for next week's first Investec Test against the Windies at Lord's, can expect to bat at number six if selected.
That is highly likely in the absence of Ravi Bopara, who suffered a thigh injury two days ago which appears to have ruled him out of contention.
There is also a place in the squad for seamers Steve Finn, Tim Bresnan and Onions - as England seek to cover all bases in a pace attack set to be led by James Anderson and a fit-again Stuart Broad.
Bairstow, who has played in six one-day internationals and six Twenty20s for England, is the only player among the 13 yet to be capped at Test level.
Since making a sparkling debut in an ODI against India in Cardiff last September, he has also continued to impress in the longer format this year with two centuries already in Division Two of the LV= County Championship.
If selected on Thursday, Bairstow will emulate his late father as an England Test player. David Bairstow played four Tests for his country between 1979 and 1981.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "Jonny Bairstow has put in a number of impressive performances both for England Lions and Yorkshire and has been working hard on the England Performance Programme over the last couple of years.
"He is an exciting young player, who now has an opportunity to experience the Test environment."
Miller also explained the presence of five seamers in the 13, as England seek to consolidate their number one Test status in three matches against the Windies.
"We have selected a very strong 13-man squad which allows us to consider a number of options before making a decision about Thursday's side," he added.
"We have included five seam bowlers who have all demonstrated that they are capable of winning Test matches for England."
He acknowledged England's awkward winter, against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and then away to Sri Lanka, after reaching the top of the International Cricket Council rankings last summer.
Miller said: "This is an important period for us following a challenging winter where we learnt some valuable lessons, and we are preparing for a highly competitive series against a West Indies side full of quality players."
Bopara is again the unlucky man, having suffered a side strain before the two-Test tour in Sri Lanka which meant he could have played there as a batsman only, and would not be able to bowl any of his medium-pace.
England preferred Samit Patel then, and this time were left with no option when Bopara hurt himself playing for Essex at Chelmsford.
Miller said: "It's disappointing for Ravi. We couldn't look at selecting him because of his injury."
England squad (for the first Investec Test v West Indies, starting at Lord's on May 17): AJ Strauss (captain), JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, IR Bell, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, AN Cook, ST Finn, G Onions, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior, GP Swann, IJL Trott.
what do you think?
AJ Strauss (captain), JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, IR Bell, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, AN Cook, ST Finn, G Onions, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior, GP Swann, IJL Trott. So there is no place for Monty. I am glad to hear they are looking at the Wicket Keeping position, because I got the impression that Cook was in the team to cover for Prior. I don't think England will go through the season without calling up new batsmen and seam bowlers (in the case of the batting it will be due to lack of runs, for the bowlers the test should be wickets within 10 overs). There never is an easy Summer so good luck lads.