England name 13-man squad ahead of Cook’s farewell Test
England name their 13 man squad for their final Test match against India in Oval, London in their five match Test series which begins on September 7.
India’s tour of England has came to the finishing border with one more Test match to go in India’s tour that started in July. The fifth match will be played in Oval, London from September 7. Notably this will be the last International game for the former England skipper and present left handed opening batsman Alastair Cook.
On behalf of the farewell Test match of their former skipper, England have named a 13 men squad against India. Ultimately there is no major changes in the 13 men squad announced on September 4.
After ensuring the series win in Southampton, it was expected that the hosts might do some experiments in their squad ahead of their Sri Lankan tour which will commence straight after the Asia Cup. But the squad shows that the hosts want to end the series on a high note specially for their legendary batsman Alastair Cook.
Surrey’s Ollie Pope, who played at Lord’s and Trent Bridge, is included after being dropped for the match at the Ageas Bowl and could return to the team should England decide to drop leg-spinner Adil Rashid and pick an extra batsman.He will play the first two days of Surrey’s County championship match against Essex before joining his national side.
Moeen Ali is expected to be in the playing XI as England are willing to play one extra batsman in Oval. Jonny Bairstow is expected to back as the wicket keeper for the fifth Test after undergoing injury test in this week.
Chris Woakes remains in the squad after missing the fourth Test with a quad injury and will be assessed in the lead-up to the game.Ben Stokes may sit this match out as he has a left knee issue which restricted his bowling in the previous match.
England Squad for fifth Test:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes