first two Tests
For the first two Tests of the five-match series against India, England has named a 17-man team. Fast bowler Jofra Archer is still out, but Ben Stokes and Ollie Robinson are back in action. Robinson returns after receiving a fine and an eight-match suspension for abusive historical tweets, five of which are banned for two years. His posts went viral on his Test debut against New Zealand.
Due to a finger injury sustained during the Indian Premier League, Stokes was unable to participate in the Test series against New Zealand. Stokes was not included in England’s T20I team for their match against Pakistan. After the original team was taken into isolation because to a Covid-19 epidemic in the camp, he was brought in as captain to head the one-day side. Archer may or may not appear in the series. Chris Woakes was not selected for the first two Tests, although he might return later in the series.
“The returns of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran offer balance that allows us to get back to a system that has been effective in Test cricket,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said of the team selection. One of the most anticipated red-ball series is a home Test series versus India, and this promises to be an excellent five Tests.”
“India is a strong squad that has demonstrated its capacity to perform well away from home. We anticipate a very contested series and have assembled the best possible team. The return of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran restores balance, allowing us to return to a successful Test cricket system.
Speaking of Stokes and Robenson, the coach said, “Ben’s leadership of The Royal London Series was typical for his character and dedication when he played while his finger was not 100 percent yet. We have added more experience and talent to the world’s second-ranked team with Jos and Jonny back in the team.
“After his seven-wicket test debut in New Zealand we have picked Ollie Robinson. In this test, Ollie demonstrated his potential to repeat his excellent international form in the County Championship and we’re going to continue working with him to build his UK career,” said Silverwood.
From August 4, at Trent Bridge, the opening test of the five-game series is being done.
—A correspondent for cricket