Woakes and Wood return for England

30 August 2021 03:26:38 GMTPlus11
Chris Woakes is back in the England fold

England have recalled Mark Wood and Chris Woakes to their squad for the fourth Test against India but Jos Buttler has been ruled out of the Oval clash.

England are 1.90 to win the series against India after an emphatic innings and 76-run victory in the third Test at Headingley. The tourists are 1.80 for the series win.

Duo's return boosts England

A depleted Three Lions bowling attack was able to get the job done in Leeds with Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson the standout contributors, the latter finishing with match figures of 7-71.

After an excellent bowling display at Headingley, skipper Joe Root all of a sudden has plenty of options at his disposal with Woakes and Wood available again.

It is pleasing to have several options with our bowling stocks.

Chris Silverwood

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Wood missed the third Test with a shoulder problem, while Woakes hasn't featured in the series so far due to a heel issue.

They have now both been cleared to take their places in a 15-man squad which also features Kent wicket-keeper Sam Billings.

Billings has been included as cover after it was confirmed Buttler would miss the fourth Test to attend the birth of his second child. Jonny Bairstow is expected to keep wicket in Buttler's absence.

Bowling options for fourth Test

Discussing the return to the squad of Wood and Woakes, head coach Chris Silverwood said: "For the first time in this series, it is pleasing to have several options with our bowling stocks as we approach the latter stages of the series.

"Woakes has bowled well over the past week with Warwickshire without any real concerns with his heel injury. He is an asset we have been missing both with the ball and his ability to score runs in the middle order. We are looking forward to seeing him prepare at the Oval as we go into back-to-back Tests.

"Mark Wood is making excellent recovery from his jarred right shoulder. He bowled in the middle on the last day at Headingley with our bowling coach Jon Lewis and was starting to get through his spells pain-free."

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