IND vs ENG Test: Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has returned to the England squad for the third Test against India that begins at the Kia Oval on Thursday, September 2. He had been out of action due to his heel injury, which forced him to miss the first three Tests against India.
The player has recuperated and marked his return on the field with Warwickshire second XI last week, and the Vitality Blast T20 quarter-final for Birmingham Bears against Kent Spitfires last Friday at Canterbury. It will be the first Test that Woakes would play in a year. He couldn’t be part of the Test assignments owing to England’s rest and rotation policy.
In another update from the England squad, Jos Buttler is set to miss the fourth Test with Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings named as his replacement. Although Jonny Bairstow will keep the wickets, yet the board has added Billings to the squad as an injury backup. Billings is yet to make his Test cricket debut.
“It is very pleasing that we have Chris Woakes returning to the Test squad. He has bowled well over the past week with Warwickshire without any real concerns with his heel injury. He is an asset we have been missing both with the ball and his ability to score runs in the middle order. We are looking forward to seeing him prepare at the Oval as we go into back-to-back Tests,” England Men Head Coach Chris Silverwood said.
“Mark Wood is making an excellent recovery from his jarred right shoulder. He bowled in the middle on the last day at Headingley with our Bowling Coach Jon Lewis and was starting to get through his spells pain-free.”
Meanwhile, seamer Saqib Mahmood would miss out on the fourth Test as he will be returning to County Championship Division One match against Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Monday.
The England squad will start their training at the Kia Oval on Tuesday (August 31).
IND vs ENG: England squad for the 4th Test
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
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