No Archer but Silverwood satisfied

21 July 2021 23:41:19 GMTPlus10

England head coach Chris Silverwood says he has selected his "strongest possible squad" for the first two matches of their five-Test series against India.

Silverwood's side, 5.50 to win the Ashes 2021-22, have been focusing on white-ball cricket in recent weeks, taking on both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in ODIs and T20s.

Prior to that they had lost away to the Indians, before going down 1-0 to New Zealand in June's two-Test home series.

India are back on the agenda from 4th August at Trent Bridge, with further matches at Lord's, Headingley, the Oval and Old Trafford.

We are expecting a highly competitive series and have selected our strongest possible squad.

Chris Silverwood

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Silverwood's 17-man party for the first two matches includes Ben Stokes following a finger injury, while Ollie Robinson has also been recalled.

England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham).

However, there is no place for either Jofra Archer or Chris Woakes, who are sidelined by their respective elbow and heel injuries, although they could feature later in the series.

Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran are also named in the squad to be led by Joe Root to take on the Indians, whose last outing in the longest format came in their historic six-day defeat to the Kiwis in the final of the World Test Championship.

Silverwood is expecting a special summer of cricket and appears quietly confident of success after selecting the 17 players he feels are best suited to getting the job done in the opening two games.

"A home Test series against India is one of the most anticipated red-ball series and this promises to be an outstanding five Tests," he said.

"India are a quality team who have shown their ability to get results away from home. We are expecting a highly competitive series and have selected our strongest possible squad."

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