England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has introduced the squad for the upcoming fifth Test match against India which is scheduled to happen at Edgbaston, Birmingham ranging from June 1. ECB has introduced a fifteen-member squad for the one-off Take a look at which was rescheduled final 12 months because of the COVID-19 outbreak within the Indian camp.
England retained 14 members from their squad in opposition to New Zealand the place they whitewashed Kiwis within the three-match sequence. Ben Foakes, who was examined constructive for COVID-19 in the course of the third Take a look at in opposition to Kane Williamson’s facet has been changed by Sam Billings.
England squad for India Take a look at: Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Sam Billings (WK), Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (WK), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root
England will go into Friday`s re-arranged take a look at in opposition to India with the identical aggressive strategy to their batting as they displayed of their 3-Zero sequence win over New Zealand, mentioned new captain Ben Stokes. A brand new period underneath Stokes, and coach Brendon McCullum, has been characterised by a extra swashbuckling fashion and England have reaped instant rewards with a clear sweep of their three assessments in opposition to New Zealand, who’re the reigning world take a look at champions. In every of their take a look at victories, England reached formidable targets as they took to the Kiwi bowling, digging themselves out of inauspicious conditions. They now meet India at Edgbaston in a re-arranged take a look at from final 12 months’s sequence with no plans to take the foot off the accelerator.
“Trust me when I say that we`ll be coming out with exactly the same mindset even if it`s a different opposition,” Stokes mentioned after England’s complete seven wicket victory at Headingley on Monday.
“For me, after I took over the job, it was greater than the outcomes. It was about altering the mindset of the lads in the direction of take a look at cricket, about having enjoyable and having fun with the truth that you`re on the market representing your nation.
“And then the result will look after itself. That we`ve done it so quickly is just unbelievable,” added Stokes, who was significantly happy with the buy-in from his workforce mates after taking on from Joe Root.
“Being 55-6 (in the first innings), and then doing what we managed to do, and in the manner that we did, was probably the most pleasing thing of the series, because it could have been very easy for us to go back into our shell.”
He additionally praised the position of McCallum, who mentioned on Monday he hoped to make taking part in take a look at cricket less complicated for the English workforce.
“I’ve tried to strip things away, keep things quiet, ignore some of the outside noise,” McCallum mentioned of his strategy to a brand new dressing room.
“I want to try and get these guys a little closer together and to better understand their games. In the professional game sometimes we can get quite caught up in our own stuff rather than where you sit in the group and being able to bounce things off some of your team mates. My role is try and force a bit more of that and try and give the guys as much confidence as I can,” the previous New Zealand captain added.