Universal Ben Stokes returned to the red ball when England on Wednesday selected a team of 17 players for the first two tests against India, starting at Trent Bridge on 4 August.
Stokes missed a series of two tests against New Zealand due to a finger injury he suffered during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). He recently led England to a 3-0 victory over Pakistan.
“The series of home tests against India is one of the most anticipated series with red balls and this promises to be an exceptional five tests,” said England coach Chris Silwood, who is expecting a competitive series against India.
Stokes was declared the skipper of England’s makeshift team after a COVID-19 outbreak in the camp forced first-team players and staff members into quarantine.
“India is a quality team that has shown its ability to achieve results away from home. We are expecting a strong racing series and we have chosen the strongest possible team “, added Silverwood.
Together with Stokes, Joss Butler,, Johnny Beirstov and Sam Quran also made the acronym. Paisman Olli Robinson also quickly returned to the test contingent of England. Robinson performed well in his England debut, taking seven wickets at Lord’s, including four wickets. Also included is opening Haseeb Hameed, who is playing a three-day warm-up game against India.
However, Speedsters Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes were not available for the first two tests due to injuries.
“Ben Stokes is returning to the test team after missing a two-game series against New Zealand in June to allow him to continue managing the finger injury he suffered during the Indian Premier League,” the ECB said in a statement.
“Archer is still making progress after elbow surgery, but is not ready to return to test cricket at this point. Wax suffered an injury in the fifth last week and is expected to be available later in the series,” he wrote.
Joe Koren (Capt.), James Anderson, Johnny Beirstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Joss Butler (wkt), Zack Crowley, Sam Curran, Hasib Hamid, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson Ben Stokes, Mark Wood
England – India Test facilities
August 4-8: 1st TEST, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
August 12-16: 2nd TEST, Lord’s, London
August 25-29: 3rd TEST, Emerald Headingley, Leeds
September 2-6: 4th TEST, Kia Oval, London
September 10-14: 5th test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester