England identify unchanged squad for first Test in opposition to Pakistan

Bengaluru, July 29

England named an unchanged squad for first match of the three-Test collection in opposition to Pakistan that begins on August 5 in Manchester, the nation’s cricket Board (ECB) stated on Wednesday.

England beat West Indies 2-1 within the first worldwide Test collection because the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the game in March, profitable the third Test by 269 runs on Tuesday.

After shedding the primary Test in Southampton, England roared again into the collection with all-rounder Ben Stokes shining within the second to degree it at 1-1 earlier than quick bowler Stuart Broad guided the house facet to victory with 10 wickets within the third match.

James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach and Dan Lawrence have been named within the reserves.

The Test collection in opposition to Pakistan will even be held behind closed doorways in a bio-secure bubble, regardless that a restricted variety of followers can be allowed to attend county cricket matches with social distancing pointers in place.

“Our 14-man squad is unchanged,” nationwide selector Ed Smith stated in an announcement. “County cricket now restarts on Saturday, August 1. We wish to have ample reserves contained in the bio-secure Test match bubble.”

“But we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket. As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan.”

The second (August 13-17) and third Test (August 21-25) can be held in Southampton.

England Test squad: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. Reuters 

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