Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer back for first two Tests against India


Explosive all-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer on Thursday returned to a 16-member robust England squad named for the first two Tests of the upcoming four-match sequence against India.

The England selectors additionally named six travelling reserves for the first and second matches, to be held on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 5.

Both Stokes and Archer had been rested for the continuing two-match Test sequence in Sri Lanka, whereas Rory Burns was at house for the start of his little one.

The workforce will proceed to be led by Joe Root.

Surrey’s Ollie Pope will journey to India and shall be added to the squad when handed match. Pope is recovering from a shoulder damage sustained in September throughout the Test sequence against Pakistan.

The nationwide selectors have supplied relaxation to Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood. The three gamers, who’re presently in Sri Lanka, will miss the first and second Tests in India.

“This is consistent with the selection policy of finding a block of rest for all multi-format players at some point during post-Christmas winter schedule,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) mentioned in a launch.

With Archer and Stokes returning, and topic to health of the remainder of the squad, Somerset’s Craig Overton will return house after the Sri Lanka sequence.

Squad for first two Tests: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.


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