England Cricket Team have announced a 17-member squad for the upcoming five-match Test series against India, which starts on August 4 (Wednesday) in Nottingham. This series will also mark the beginning of the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
Meanwhile, Ollie Robinson has been recalled to the England Test squad for the first time since he was banned for a series of offensive historic tweets. He has since made a low-key return to county action but has been recalled by England head coach Chris Silverwood.
Speaking on his selection, Chris Silverwood said that Robinson was picked on the basis of his Test debut in Lord’s. He said:
“We have selected Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand. Ollie proved in that Test that he has the ability to replicate his outstanding form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his England career.”
Haseeb Hameed deserves his second opportunity in the England Test team as an opener very soon. #ENGvIND
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Ben Stokes makes his return to the red-ball side after missing the series defeat to the Black Caps. The ace all-rounder was rushed his recovery from finger surgery to lead an emergency one-day international team against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak forced 16 players into isolation, but was rested once again for the T20 leg.
Meanwhile, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes continue to remain absent from the squad due to injury concerns. However, off-spinner Dom Bess was included in the team despite complaining of a thigh niggle.
Test series against India at home is one of the most anticipated series: England coach
Chris Silverwood reckoned the upcoming series as one of the most anticipated series and feels that they have picked the strongest squad possible.
“A home Test series against India is one of the most anticipated red-ball series and this promises to be an outstanding five Tests,” said Silverwood.
“We are expecting a highly competitive series and have selected our strongest possible squad,” he added.
England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham)
more to follow…