All-rounder Ben Stokes returned to the red-ball set up as England on Wednesday named a 17-player squad for the opening two Tests against India beginning from August 4.
Stokes had missed the two-Test series against New Zealand due to the finger injury he sustained during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). He recently led England to a 3-0 series win over Pakistan.
Along with Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran have also made the cut. Ollie Robinson has also made a swift return to England’s Test contingent. Robinson had performed well on his England debut, taking seven wickets at Lord’s including a four-wicket haul.
Pacers Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes, however, won’t be a part of the first two Tests due to injuries.
“Ben Stokes returns to the Test squad after he missed the two-match series against New Zealand in June to enable continued management of the finger injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League,” stated ECB in a release.
“Archer continues to progress following elbow surgery but is not ready at this point to return to Test cricket. Woakes suffered a bruised heel last week and is expected to be available later in the series,” it further read.
Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkt), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood
England v India Test fixtures
Aug 4-8: 1ST TEST, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Aug 12-16: 2ND TEST, Lord’s, London
Aug 25-29: 3RD TEST, Emerald Headingley, Leeds
Sep 2-6: 4TH TEST, Kia Oval, London
Sep 10-14: 5TH Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester