Lancashire’s Tom Hartley is ready to make his England debut within the first Check towards India in a group dominated by spinners.
Left-armer Hartley joins the established Jack Leach and teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed in an assault that means the vacationers anticipate lavish flip, with Joe Root a fourth spin choice.
Mark Wooden has been picked as the one seam bowler within the aspect, that means England’s document wicket-taker James Anderson will sit the match out in Hyderabad.
Ollie Pope, Foakes, Ahmed and Leach all come into the aspect having not been concerned in England’s final Check towards Australia at The Oval final summer season.
England Males’s XI to face India:
1. Zak Crawley
2. Ben Duckett
3. Ollie Pope
4. Joe Root
5. Jonny Bairstow
6. Ben Stokes (C)
7. Ben Foakes
8. Rehan Ahmed
9. Tom Hartley
10. Mark Wooden
11. Jack Leach
England Check collection in India 2024
- First Check – January 25-29 (Hyderabad)
- Second Check – February 2-6 (Vizag)
- Third Check – February 15-19 (Rajkot)
- Fourth Check – February 23-27 (Ranchi)
- Fifth Check – March 7-11 (Dharamshala)
With Wooden working finest in brief, fast bursts, England are able to embrace a completely totally different rhythm of cricket. Root’s off-breaks are additionally prone to function closely and Stokes has even steered he might open the bowling with the part-timer.
“It could be a whole and utter ‘intestine’ factor, as most of my choices like which might be,” mentioned Stokes. “You would possibly even see Rooty taking the brand new ball, relying on what I really feel.
“If (left-hander) Yashasvi Jaiswal opens the batting, you would possibly see Rooty opening the bowling as a result of it is spinning away from the bat.”
Ben Foakes returns as wicketkeeper, with Jonny Bairstow reverting to a specialist batting position at No 5.
Surrey wicketkeeper Foakes starred towards New Zealand and South Africa at first of head coach Brendon McCullum’s time in cost, earlier than being dropped for Bairstow within the Ashes collection final summer season.
“Everyone knows the impression Jonny made in my first summer season as captain,” Stokes mentioned this week.
“And there is not any doubt concerning the talent Ben Foakes possesses with the gloves. He can’t solely do issues different ‘keepers cannot, but in addition make them look extremely simple.
“He is a really particular expertise behind there and having somebody like that who can perhaps take a two per cent, three per cent probability, that could possibly be large within the collection.”
Stokes remained visibly disgruntled by Shoaib Bashir’s remedy as he gave his pre-match press convention and revealed he initially steered the squad mustn’t fly to India with out their team-mate.
That concept didn’t final lengthy and he mentioned there was “by no means an opportunity” of boycotting the primary Check.
“After I first discovered the information out in Abu Dhabi, I did say we should not fly till Bash will get his visa however that was just a little bit tongue in cheek,” he mentioned.
“I do know it is a means greater factor, doing that. That was most likely simply [my] feelings round the entire thing. There was by no means an opportunity that we weren’t going to journey round this however Bash is aware of he is had our full help.
“I am fairly devastated that Bash has needed to undergo this. As a frontrunner, as a captain, when certainly one of your team-mates is affected by one thing like that you simply do get a bit emotional.
“I do know he is again in London and lots of people are leaping by means of hoops to attempt to get this by means of faster. Hopefully we will see him right here over the weekend.”
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