ENG vs IND 5th Test: England has announced a 15-member squad for the fifth and the final test against India that is scheduled to take place at Edgbaston. England is going ahead with the same squad that thrashed New Zealand by 3-0 in the recently concluded test series.
Veteran batsman Jos Buttler, paceman Ollie Robinson and all-rounder Moeen Ali will not be a part of the squad. Ben Foakes, who had tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the final two days of the last Test against New Zealand has been named in the side.
Jos Buttler has been in sublime form at the limited-over circuit. However, his form with the red ball has remained uncertain as he misses an important fixture against India. Ollie Robinson has done nothing wrong but the all-round performance of Jamie Overton has helped him retain the spot.
As a cover for Ben Foakes, Sam Billings has been named in the squad. Billings kept the wickets in the absence of Foakes for the last two days against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali continues to be out of the test squad for another series.
India is currently leading the series by 2-1 but their joy could be short-lived against the fearsome attitude of the England contingent with the appointment of new captain Ben Stokes and new head coach Brendon McCullum.
The conditions in the Indian camp have also worsened as captain Rohit Sharma has contracted Covid-19 and frontline batsman KL Rahul has been ruled out with an injury. Stellar batsman Virat Kohli is also struggling with his form.
In such circumstances, the captaincy of the side will be a serious concern. Jasprit Bumrah remains the front runner to wear the Indian blazer alongside Ben Stokes.
Mayank Agarwal has been called as a backup for Rohit Sharma.
ENG vs IND 5th Test: England Test Squad
Ben Stokes (C), Joe Root, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (WK), Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (WK), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts
ENG vs IND 5th Test: India Test Squad
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mayank Agarwal
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