England announces 16-man squad for first two Tests against India

The Poms are currently playing in Sri Lanka for the ongoing two Test match series at Galle International Stadium are leading by 1-0.  After the conclusion of Test series they will be playing three match ODI series before heading to India for four match Test series followed by 5 T20 International and 3 ODI .

Ahead of Marquee series, BCCI has revealed an 18 member squad for the first Two Test where skipper Kohli is back along with Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma.  Following the suit, England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB)also announced 16 member squad for the first and second Test match against India.

However English selectors have added six more players as reserves who will be touring India for the upcoming Test series.

The Test series against India marks the return of bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer, swashbuckling batsman Rory Burns and all-rounder Ben Stokes in the England squad.

However there have been few notable omissions like Johnny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood will not be featuring against Two test against India. Also, if there are no injuries or any unforeseen circumstances, Craig Overton will return home after the Sri Lanka series.

Let’s have a look at the complete 16 man Test squad for England against India described below

Joe Root (Yorkshire) (captain), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Reserves:

James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey).

Indian team is in sublime form especially after the series victory they have registered in Australia and retained Border-Gavaskar Trophy twice back to back on Australian soil. India is currently at the top of World Test Championship rankings followed by Kiwis on the second position with the new ranking updated after the conclusion of India-Australia series.