England Vs Pakistan England will go with the unchanged Squad
After concluding the West Indies 2-1 series, England has announced that they will go with the unchanged 14-man squad that will face Pakistan’s visiting side for the first Test in Manchester. Smith also confirmed that the three-game test against Pakistan would be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.
Before the first Test at Old Trafford on August 5, England national coach Ed Smith announced that England would face Pakistan with an unchanged 14-man squad that faced the West Indies earlier this week.
After losing the first test in the Rose Bowl, the hosts returned to the series with a victory in Manchester before concluding the series at the same location a week later.
Joe Root will continue to be the team captain as James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have retained their places on the team.
On the other hand, after playing in the first Test, Joe Denly, 34, was frozen out of the team with Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley retaining their places in the team after impressive exhibitions during the second and third Test against the Windies
“Our 14-man squad has not changed. County cricket now restarts on Saturday, August 1. We want to have enough reserves within the national biosecurity test bubble, ”selector Ed Smith said in a statement.
“But we may also want to provide opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket. As we seek the best balance here, England can make changes to reserves during the three-game series against Pakistan. “
England Test Squad: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.