The Test series between England and India so far has been enthralling. After a disappointing end to the first Test match, the Virat Kohli-led side displayed a great all-round performance to stage a 151-run victory. However, after being bogged down in the series, the home side then bounced back to level the series by winning the third Test by innings and 76 runs.
Despite missing some key players, the England cricket team dominated the visitors in all three departments of the third Test match at Headingley, Leeds.
With series being levelled at 1-1, the focus now shifts towards the fourth match of the series to be played at The Oval from 2nd September. With just three days remaining for the start of the fourth game, the Joe-Root led side have announced the squad for the match. The squad saw the likes of Jos Buttler and Saqib Mahmood missing while Chris Woakes and Sam Billings returning.
Here’s the England squad for the fourth Test match
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
In what will be a massive boost for the England cricket team, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who played his last Test match 12 months ago, has returned to the squad. He was named in England’s squad which toured Sri Lanka in January their year but was made to isolate for a week after his teammate Moeen Ali tested positive for COVID-19 after they arrived in the island nation and then missed the entire series against India as well.
He then made a return in the white-ball format for his team against Sri Lanka in July, but in a disappointing turn of events suffered heal injury which further ruled him out of the first three Tests against India. Woakes, however, has now been declared fully fit and played for Warwickshire’s couple of days ago. With being an experienced player he will likely be drafted into the playing XI, but it would be interesting to see whom will he replace.