England announce squad for India cricket tour with Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes returning

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will return for England for the tour of India next month after being named in the squad for the start of the four-match series – which you can follow live on talkSPORT 2. Both players were rested from the current tour of Sri Lanka but return in a 16-strong group […]

England announce squad for India cricket tour with Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes returning

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will return for England for the tour of India next month after being named in the squad for the start of the four-match series – which you can follow live on talkSPORT 2.

Both players were rested from the current tour of Sri Lanka but return in a 16-strong group alongside opener Rory Burns, who has been on paternity leave.

Stokes will return for England in their tour of India
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The squad covers the first two Tests, a double-header in Chennai, with further updates expected before the third and fourth matches in Ahmedabad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has ramped up its rotation policy this winter, mindful about the psychological demands placed on players in an era of bio-secure bubbles and quarantine as well as the usual issues of workload management.

As a result, the returning trio will take up places vacated by Sam Curran, Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow, all of whom will head home for a break after playing in both Galle Tests over the past fortnight.

It was also revealed that Jos Buttler will fly home after the first Test in India.

Archer was rested for the Sri Lanka Test match but will also return in India
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Surrey batsman Ollie Pope will once again travel with the party as he continues working his way back from a dislocated shoulder and will be promoted to the squad when passed fit by medical staff.

Once again a reserve group of James Bracey, Mason Crane, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood. Amar Virdi and Matt Parkinson will be taken on tour to provide warm-up opposition, net options and COVID1-9 back-ups for the series.

England squad for first and second Tests against India

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).


talkSPORT will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for England’s tour of India, starting next month, with every ball of every game live on talkSPORT 2.