Nottinghamshire's James Taylor is set for a Test debut after replacing Ravi Bopara in the only change to England's squad for the second Investec Test against South Africa.
Bopara struggled in last week's innings defeat at the Oval as he was carelessly dismissed for nought in the first innings and 22 in the second, but an England and Wales Cricket Board release stated his absence was due to "personal reasons".
National selector Geoff Miller said: "We have made one change to the squad, with James Taylor replacing Ravi Bopara who is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons."
He added: "James has been part of the England Performance Programme for a number of years and has performed consistently for England Lions and now has an opportunity to step up and experience the Test environment."
For 22-year-old Taylor, it is the opportunity to impress as well and he has jumped ahead of Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow in the battle for the number six spot. Taylor's potential has long excited watchers of the game and he has been a stalwart of England Lions squads over the past two years.
He came to prominence with Leicestershire and the calls for his elevation to international level intensified last season as he scored 1,335 runs at an average of 53.40 in LV= County Championship Division Two, with three centuries and seven fifties.
That earned him a move into the top flight with Notts, but he had a difficult start to this season and his call-up comes on the back of his maiden first-class century for his new employers, 106 not out against Sussex on Saturday.
He added 118 against the touring West Indians for the Lions as well as 115no for his county in a Clydesdale Bank 40 game against Hampshire but averages only 36.16 for the Championship season. He has made one previous senior international appearance at one-day level, against Ireland last year when he scored only one run.
Notts director of cricket Mick Newell told www.nottsccc.co.uk: "I think James was next in line for a Test call given the performances he has maintained in recent years in county cricket and for England Lions.
"He is a good technical cricketer, he prepares himself very well, he knows how to occupy the crease against quality bowlers and I have seen improvement in his game this season."