England Announced their squad for the first test against India
Indian team is now on a tour to England for 3 T20Is , 3 ODIs and five tests. The white ball formats are done and dusted from the beginning of July to mid part of the month. India won the T20I series 2-1 with some extraordinary batting performances.
But the Englishmen took revenge in the ODI series for their loss in T20I series. The no.1 ranked ODI team won the ODI series 2-1 and ensured their dominance in the format in their home since 2015.
As the white ball series are done and dusted now the time has came for the red ball format, the oldest format of the game. The visitors announced the 18 men squad already and they are now on their warm-up game with Essex Club. Now the hosts announced the 13 men squad for the first test match which starts on August 1st in Edgbaston. There is a surprise inclusion in the squad as Adhil Rashid returns to the red ball cricket after announement of his retirement. Adhil Rashid lastly featured in the test match against India in 2016 in Chennai. He took 38 wickets in the ten matches he played.
The chief selector ED Smith addressed the media about the selection as “Adil Rashid also returns to the England Test squad. Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. Following his earlier decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer. That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England. However, Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket. Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the county championship.”
He further added “Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil’s return to the Test squad are unusual. However, the selection panel was unanimous in believing that Adil should be selected in England’s squad.” His spin partner in white ball cricket Moeen Ali is also making his comeback into the test side. The pace bowler Jamie Porter earned his maiden call-up into the team and the pace bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes is missing the test match due to his knee and thigh injury.
The English squad is as follows:
Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jamie Porter