England’s wicket-keeper batter, Ben Foakes has recovered from Covid-19 and will be available for the fifth Test match against India. For the unversed, the English cricketer had tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday after having spent three days off the field due to back soreness during England’s Third Test win over New Zealand at Headingley.
Sam Billings replaced him in the Test match and also became the first official Covid replacement in international cricket. Billings has also been included in England’s squad and he would be part of the playing XI had if Foakes would not have recovered in time.
Meanwhile, senior fast bowler, James Anderson has also recovered from an injury in his right ankle, which kept him out of the Headingly Test match against New Zealand.
“It feels pretty good and I’ve got a couple of days of practice to get through, if I can do that, hopefully I’m good for Friday,” said Anderson.
“I’ve no idea if I’ll play. We’ll see what happens. I hate missing games, obviously when the team is playing well, and after that game at Headingley when the feeling around the group is so good you want to be around it as much as possible.”
Jasprit Bumrah to lead team India
On the other hand, Indian captain, Rohit Sharma is still placed under isolation after having tested positive for the virus on 25th June 2022. According to reports, Rohit Sharma is unlikely to recover on time and Jasprit Bumrah is likely to lead the Indian test Team for the fifth Test against England.
India’s head coach Rahul Dravid, however, has stated that the Indian skipper hasn’t been ruled out of the Test match yet and could be fit before the match starts.