Stokes, Archer again for India Exams

London, January 21

Inspirational all-rounder Ben Stokes and fast bowler Jofra Archer returned to a 16-member strong England squad named for the first two Tests of the upcoming four-match series against India.

The England selectors also named six travelling reserves for the first two Tests, to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 5.

Both Stokes and Archer were rested for the ongoing two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, while Rory Burns was at home for the birth of his child. The team will continue to be led by Joe Root. Surrey’s Ollie Pope will travel to India and will be added to the squad when passed fit. Pope is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September during the Test series against Pakistan.

The national selectors have rested Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood, who are currently in Sri Lanka. Subject to fitness of the rest of the squad, Craig Overton will return home after the Sri Lanka series. — Agencies

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