After facing a humiliating defeat in the fourth test, ECB has announced a 16 man squad for the IND vs ENG 5th Test 2021, to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Jos Buttler has been included in the squad while England has added an extra spinner Jack Leach to the squad for the final Test. The hosts would try their best to bounce back & register a win in the final test to avoid a series loss against India. The final test between India & England will start on September 10 at Old Trafford.
Jos Buttler missed the fourth test as he was on paternity leave, but now he has returned to the squad & will play in the fifth test against India. England has also added an extra spinner jack Leach for the last test. “Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler returns to the squad following the birth of his daughter during the fourth Test at the Kia Oval,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement. “Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been added to the squad for the final Test of the series,” it added.
Sam Billings who was included in the squad as a cover for Jos Buttler has been released from the squad. According to the reports, the pitch at Old Trafford is similar to that of Oval. The pitch is dry in nature & will assist spinners as the match progresses ahead. Considering that England has included Jack leach into the squad. England’s management is also considering resting Anderson in the fifth test & including Mark Wood in the squad. The decision of resting James Anderson was taken by considering the fact that he needs some rest after bowling some fierce spell in the recently ended fourth test.
IND vs ENG 5th Test 2021: England Squad:
Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Catch up with the latest updates of the IND vs ENG series only on Madovercricket!