Explosive all-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer on Thursday returned to a 16-member strong England squad named for the primary two Tests of the upcoming four-match series in opposition to India.
Ben Stokes ‘Pacer Jofra Archer back for first two Tests against India
The England selectors additionally named six travelling reserves for the primary and second matches, to be held on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 5 Both Stokes and Archer have been rested for the continuing two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, whereas Rory Burns was at home for the birth of his baby. The staff will proceed to be led by Joe Root.
Surrey’s Ollie Pope will journey to India and might be added to the squad when handed match. Pope is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September throughout the Test series in opposition to Pakistan.
The national selectors have supplied relaxation to Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood. The three players, who’re at present in Sri Lanka, will miss the primary and second Tests in India. That is in keeping with the choice coverage of discovering a block of relaxation for all multi-format players in some unspecified time in the future throughout the post-Christmas winter schedule,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated in a launch.
With Archer and Stokes returning, and topic to the health of the remainder of the squad, Somerset’s Craig Overton will return house after the Sri Lanka series.
England Test Squad Against India
Squad for first two Tests: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes