England fast bowler Ole Robinson, who was suspended during the Test series against New Zealand, has been named in the squad for the first two Tests against India.
The Indian team, led by Virat Kohli, is touring England to play in a five-match Test series. The first Test starts on August 4 in Southampton. The England Cricket Board announced the 17-man squad for the first two matches of the Test series yesterday.
That includes the addition of England fast bowler Robinson, who was suspended for a controversial tweet during the New Zealand Test series. In addition, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Sam Karan and Ben Stokes have been added to the fast bowling squad.
Jas Butler, Johnny Barstow and Sam Karan, who retired in the Test series against New Zealand, have been brought back into the squad.
Both fast bowlers Joffre Archer and Chris Vokes have been ruled out due to injury.
The batting includes Haseeb Hameed, Ole Pope and Don Lawrence. There is no place for James Brace, who featured in the New Zealand series.
Both Tom Bess and Jack Leach have been added to the spin. Yorkshire’s Tom Bess has been named in the squad following his recent 7 for 43 against the Northeasts.
The England team has selected two spinners as the Southampton ground will co-operate well with the spin bowlers, in addition to the part-time bowling captain Joe Root. The all-rounders line-up includes three players, Ben Stokes, Sam Karan and Mark Wood. Although Mark Wood could not be included as an all-rounder, he repeatedly defended England’s wickets during difficult times.
The return of fast bowler Robinson, who took 7 wickets in the Test series against New Zealand, is a big strength for England. There is a big force in fast bowling like Brad, Anderson, Robinson, Mark Wood, Sam Karan, Stokes. It is noteworthy that Anderson, Brad and Robinson all excelled in swinging the ball according to the English climate.
England team profile
Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Johnny Barstow, Tom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jaz Butler, Jack Crawley, Sam Karan, Haseeb Hamid, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ole Pope, Ole Robinson, Tom Sibley, , Mark Wood.