All-rounder Chris Woakes will not be available for selection in the playing XI for the 4th Test match which is the final test between England & India as he has left the tour for his pre-planned break.
Chris Woakes was initially named in the England squad for South Africa, Sri-Lanka & India series but wasn’t selected for any of the tours. Jos Butler played the first test & then he went back to England while all-rounder Moeen Ali did the same after playing the second test match. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Woakes left England’s bio-secure bubble on Thursday to fly back home.
Earlier Jonny Bairstow was also rested for first two tests while premier Pacer James Anderson missed the second test match even after England emerged victorious in the opening test. This is part of ECB’s rotation policy. And now Chris Woakes has returned back to home to be with his wife & two young daughters.
In the third test, India defeated England by massive 10 wickets within two days. The third test had both India & England’s batsmen failing to score on deliveries which skidded instead of turning from the spinners. England’s head Coach Chris Silverwood on Friday said that his team expected the pitch in the third test against India to hold on little longer than it did at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“First and foremost, it’s just a follow-up from what Joe Root said yesterday. He got 5 for 8 yesterday but at the same time, whatever the pitch did or it didn’t do, India ultimately played better than us on that surface, probably they pushed us to the extremes which our players haven’t experienced before,” said Silverwood in a virtual press conference on Friday.
Meanwhile England who are now 2-1 down in the four match test series are out of the race for securing a place in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship. England have dropped to 64.1 percentage points on the points table which is now led by India with 71 percentage points. New Zealand has already secured a place in the final of WTC with 70 percentage points.
India need to avoid defeat in the final test to stay ahead of Australia who are currently at third place with 69.2 percentage points, & book a meeting with New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.