After beating India comprehensively in the second Test at Lord’s, England have announced an unchanged 13-member squad for the third match of the five-Test series, which starts on August 18 (Saturday). All-rounder Ben Stokes was once again not considered for selection. The England selectors are expected to take a call on the same once his ongoing court-trial in Bristol for affray charges ends later this week.
The fiery all-rounder also missed out from the England squad for the Lord’s Test. The hosts blanked Virat Kohli’s men in all departments of the game to register an emphatic win by an innings and 159 runs at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday. Earlier, the Three Lions had defeated the visitors in a thrilling series opener at Edgbaston by 31 runs.
James Anderson missed out on a much-deserved ten-wicket haul, his figures of 9/43 in the match were the main reason for India’s downfall. Whereas, all-rounder Chris Woakes was adjudged as the man of the match for his complete performance with both bat and ball in the Lord’s Test. Woakes also scored his maiden international hundred for England in whites.
A brief statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they would review Stokes’s position following the conclusion of the trial, which is expected to end before the third Test starts.
“The ECB will make an assessment of Ben Stokes’s availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded,” the statement said.
England retained uncapped Essex paceman Jamie Porter and off-spinner Moeen Ali, both of whom missed out on a place in their XI that played in the capital.
England Squad for Third Test:
Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Olliver Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Jamie Porter.