After taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match Test series, England have named an unchanged squad for the final Test against India starting at The Oval on Friday. The Oval Test will incidentally be former skipper and England’s highest run-scorer Alastair Cook’s farewell game for his country. The 33-year-old Cook has amassed an England record 12,254 runs in 160 Tests, with 32 centuries.
English selectors have recalled Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope for the fifth and final Test against India. The squad for the final Test is the same as the one for the previous game, with the addition of Woakes and Pope.
England wrapped up a 3-1 series victory after clinching the fourth Test at Southampton by 60 runs on Sunday and will aim to bid farewell to the country’s highest Test run-getter, Cook with another win.
Pope will join the England squad on Thursday, after playing for his county Surrey in the first two days of their County Championship division one clash with Essex in Chelmsford.
Batsman James Vince has been released from the squad with Jonny Bairstow recovering enough to play as a specialist batsman.
Olliver Pope will join the squad on Thursday after playing the first two days of Surrey’s county game against Essex in Chelmsford.
Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes.
(With Agency Inputs)