The five-Test series between England and India is coming to an end. After a disappointing end to the first Test match, the Virat Kohli-led side then 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. The fourth match of the series saw the visitors pounding the hosts by 157 runs to take a lead in the series. With the series being stranded at 1-2, it remains to be seen which team will have the last laugh in the series.
England cricket team suffered a 157 run thumping against India in the fourth Test match at the Oval cricket ground. Both the teams went neck to neck but in the end Virat Kohli-led displayed sensational effort with both bat and ball in their second innings to register their first victory at The Oval cricket ground in 50 years.
The focus now shifts towards the fifth and final match of the Test series that will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on 10th September. With just a few days remaining for the commencement of the final Test, the Joe Root-led side has announced their squad for the fifth Test match.
The squad saw the likes of Jos Buttler and Jack leach returning while Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to play county cricket for Kent.
Here’s England’s squad for the fifth Test:
Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
The English skipper Joe Root admitted that it was a frustrating loss for his team as they had an opportunity of winning the Test match. He further added that they should’ve taken advantage and got more than 100 runs lead in the first innings.
“It’s frustrating, thought we’ll get something from the game today, we had an opportunity of winning a Test match. The opening partnership was outstanding, credit to India, they got the ball to reverse.From our side, we’ll have to look at other areas where we missed opportunities, maybe we should have made more of an advantage with the first-innings lead and should have taken the chances that were offered. Whenever we lose a game, we can always look back at the toss, we can always think about a few things and the way it happened, but at the end of the day, we need to be ruthless, should have got more than a 100-run lead,” Joe Root said.