England have made four changes to their team for the second test against India, which starts on Saturday here at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
While Joffra Archer is out wounded and Joss Butler traveled to England as part of England’s rotation policy, visitors left veteran James Anderson and off-spinner Dom Bess.
“We’ve made four changes. I can name 12 at the moment. Ben Fox, Mouen Ali, Chris Wakes, Stuart Broad and Ollie Stone joined. It will depend on which four we play “, confirmed the English skipper Joe Koren while speaking in the media on Friday.
He also confirmed that Fox will keep loopholes after that Johnny Beirstov returns to the team after the second test.
“Bairstow will be available as a pure batsman … We hope Archer can rest and be fit for the third test (in Ahmedabad),” Root said.
The England captain, who scored twice a century in the first test, said England were fortunate to have quality players to choose from as substitutes.
As Moeen, Foakes and Broad enter, England will have to choose from Stone and Woakes. The latter allows for all-around and also has the ability to turn the ball. However, Stone is more or less similar to Archer’s replacement with his competitive pace.
Both Anderson and Bess had five wickets each in the first test, which England won by a huge margin of 227 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
A team of 12 people in England: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Joe Ruth (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Fawkes, Moulin Ali, Stuart Broad, Chris Wakes, Jack Leach, Ollie Stone.