England will again have to go through a selection dilemma over selecting their bowlers after the board has announced an unchanged 14 player’s squad for Next Week’s First Test match against Pakistan.
Joe Root has previously rotated their front-line bowlers during the 2-1 series win over the visitors which ended by terming England victorious on Tuesday. Stuart roar back with a stupendous performance in the last two Test matches where Broad grabbed 11 wickets in the last two Test matches while Chris Woakes ended the series by grabbing five wickets in the second innings against West Indies.
Wood & Curran were the two bowlers who were not included in the decider third Test match at Trafford but they have been retained in England’s 14 player’s squad to face Pakistan at the same home ground next Wednesday. Top-order batsmen James Bracey and Dan Lawrence, wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and slow left-armer Jack Leach will stay with the group as reserves.
England’s National selector Ed Smith said, “After three Tests in quick succession against the West Indies, we now turn to an equally condensed Test series against Pakistan, with 15 days of Test cricket scheduled in a three-week period.”
“Our 14-man squad is unchanged. County cricket now restarts on Saturday 1st August. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the bio-secure Test match ‘bubble’ but we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket.
“As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan.”
The second Test will start at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on August 13 with the third match being scheduled on August 21. The Test match will take place behind the closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Let’s have a look on England’s Test Squad which will face Pakistan in the upcoming Test Series. Joe Root will be the captain & the other players are James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The Reserves in Test Match are James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence.