World-class All-rounder Ben Stokes returned to the Test squad as England on Wednesday announced a 17-player squad for the opening two Tests against India. Earlier Stokes had missed the two-Test series against New Zealand due to the finger injury he sustained during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). He recently led England to a 3-0 series win over Pakistan.
We've named a 17-player squad for the opening two Tests of the LV= Insurance Test Series against India.? England Cricket (@englandcricket)
?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 England coach Chris Silverwood, who is expecting thrilling series against India. Along with Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Curran have also made the place in the team. Paceman Ollie Robinson has also made a swift return to England's Test contingent. Robinson had performed well on his England debut, taking seven wickets at Lord's including a four-wicket haul. Bullesters Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are unavailable for the first two Tests due to injuries.
Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood
England v India Test fixtures;
Aug 4-8: 1ST TEST, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Aug 12-16: 2ND TEST, Lord's, London
Aug 25-29: 3RD TEST, Emerald Headingley, Leeds
Sep 2-6: 4TH TEST, Kia Oval, London
Sep 10-14: 5TH Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester