Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes make comeback as England announce squad for first two Tests towards India | Cricket News

The England National Selectors on Thursday named a 16-strong squad and 6 travelling reserves for the primary and second Test matches towards India. The first Test of the sequence begins on February 5 (Friday) at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

England Men’s Test Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) (captain), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Reserves: James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey).

Jofra Archer, Rory Burns and Ben Stokes return to the squad. Archer and Stokes had been rested for the Sri Lanka sequence and Burns was at house for the delivery of his first baby.

Surrey’s Ollie Pope will journey to India and will be added to the squad when handed match. Pope is recovering from a shoulder damage sustained in September throughout the Test sequence towards Pakistan. 

The National Selectors have supplied a block of relaxation for Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood. The three gamers, who’re at present in Sri Lanka, will miss the primary and second Tests in India.

This is constant with the choice policy of discovering a block of relaxation for all multi-format gamers in some unspecified time in the future throughout post-Christmas winter schedule.

With Archer and Stokes returning, and topic to health of the remainder of the squad, Somerset’s Craig Overton will return house after the Sri Lanka sequence. 

England Tour of India: Friday 5-9 February: 1st Test – India v England, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Saturday 13-17 February: 2nd Test – India v England, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Wednesday 24-28 February: third Test – India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

Thursday 4-8 March: 4th Test – India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

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