England have named their 17-strong squad for the first two Tests of the upcoming five-match series against India.
The series gets underway at Trent Bridge on Wednesday the 4th of August and will see a number of key players return to Joe Root’s Test side.
Ben Stokes is back in after missing the New Zealand series due to injury, while Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Curran also return after being rested.
Ollie Robinson is included in the squad once again after serving his suspension for offensive historic tweets.
However, Jofra Archer is still recovering from elbow surgery and Chris Woakes is absent due to a bruised heel – though it is understood there is optimism that the latter could feature later in the series.
The full squad is as follows:
Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham).
After suffering defeat on big spinning pitches in India at the start of the year, Rooty and co will be determined to exact some revenge when they host Virat Kohli’s side early next month.
The series opener at Trent Bridge (04/08 – 08/08) will be followed by the second Test at Lord’s (12/08 – 16/08).
After a nine-day break, the two sides will meet at Emirates Headingley (25/08 – 29/08) before heading back down south to play the fourth Test at the Oval (02/09 – 06/09) and then competing the fifth and final Test at Emirates Old Trafford (10/09 – 14/09).
The squad for the final three Tests is likely to be named after the second Test at Lord’s.
It looks set to be a fantastic series and one which will see Test cricket played in front of full capacity crowds, including a large Barmy Army contingent, in England once again.