ENG vs. IND: James Anderson Returns After Named in Playing XI. James Anderson has been named to the playing XI for the rescheduled 5th Test against India.
England announced their playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test against India, which begins on Friday at Edgbaston. James Anderson, who was ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand. Rejoined the squad, taking the place of Jamie Overton. Sam Billings, who replaced Ben Foakes as a COVID-19 in the third Test against New Zealand, has been chosen to keep wickets. “The Three Lions make one change to the side that defeated New Zealand in the third Test at Headingley, with Jimmy Anderson replacing Jamie Overton,” the England Cricket Board said in an official statement.
ENG vs. IND: James Anderson Returns
Despite poor performances against New Zealand, openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley remain in the team.
After an impressive performance in the recently concluded series whitewash against the Kiwis. Ollie Pope is set to continue at No.3.
The rest of the batting order consists of the in-form Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, as well as captain Ben Stokes.
The veteran duo of Anderson and Stuart Broad will spearhead their bowling attack.
England is also sticking with young Matthew Potts, who impressed in his debut series against New Zealand.
Jack Leach was also chosen for his left-arm spin.
India leads the series 2-1 after victories at Lord’s and The Oval last year.
The fifth Test, scheduled for Manchester, was rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
England XI for 5th Test vs India:
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson