Latest Cricket News: The England squad for the final Test against India, which will begin on September 10 at Old Trafford in Manchester, has been confirmed. The home team has made some important changes to their squad following a big defeat at the Oval, including the call-up of left-arm spinner Jack Leach. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has returned to the squad after paternity leave, while Sam Billings has been discharged.
The following is England’s 16-man squad:
- Joe Root (Yorkshire) – Captain
2. Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
3. James Anderson (Lancashire)
4. Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
5. Rory Burns (Surrey)
6. Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
7. Sam Curran (Surrey)
8. Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
9. Dan Lawrence (Essex)
10. Jack Leach (Somerset)
11. Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
12. Craig Overton (Somerset)
13. Ollie Pope (Surrey)
14. Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
15. Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
16. Mark Wood (Durham)
In the midst of fitness problems, Mark Wood and Craig Overton were included
Mark Wood and Craig Overton, the fast-bowling combo, would undoubtedly please English supporters if they were included in the squad despite major fitness concerns. Wood had suffered a shoulder injury during the second Test at Lord’s, and as a result, had to miss the next two matches. The 31-year-old, however, appears to have healed and is in a position to play in the last Test in Manchester.
Craig Overton, on the other hand, had a harrowing moment on Day 5 of the 4th Test when Umesh Yadav’s brisk delivery hit him on the elbow before smashing into the stumps. The 27-year-old was in excruciating discomfort as he walked back to the pavilion, casting doubt on his participation in the final match. His presence in the 16-man squad, on the other hand, suggests that his ailment isn’t as serious as it first appeared.
Chris Silverwood is faced with a difficult decision
Chris Silverwood, England’s coach, is faced with a major selection problem ahead of the last Test at Old Trafford. With England down 1-2 in the series, the 46-year-old will have to make some daring decisions in order to guarantee that all bases are covered for the last match.
It will be intriguing to see if Jos Buttler is included in the starting XI now that he is back in the mix. If Buttler is selected, either Jonny Bairstow or Ollie Pope may have to make way. It would also be interesting to watch if the hosts go with all-rounder Moeen Ali or a front-line spinner in the form of Jack Leach.
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