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England name unchanged 14-man squad for first Pakistan Test

by  Zidii  •  Last updated on 2020-07-30 17:32:34

England have named an unchanged 14-man squad, as well as four reserve players, for the first Test against Pakistan, which begins next Wednesday (August 5) at Emirates Old Trafford.

All six of the fast-bowlers who played a part in the series victory over West Indies have been retained in the squad alongside Dom Bess as the sole spinner. Bess' county teammate Jack Leach has been named as one of four reserve players who will be included in the bio-secure bubble to cover for injuries or illness.

England Test Squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

There is no place for Joe Denly, dropped after the first Test defeat against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl, in either the full squad or the reserves. Gloucestershire's James Bracey and Essex's Dan Lawrence will provide batting cover to the main squad while Surrey's Ben Foakes has been chosen as the back-up wicket-keeper in the reserve list.

Given the domestic season begins at the weekend, with the start of the Bob Willis Trophy, there may be some rotation of the reserve list as the series goes on in order to allow the likes of Leach and Foakes to get some game time with their counties.

Reserve players: James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence

The 18 players were allowed to head home for a few days straight after the conclusion of the final Test against West Indies to spend with their families. They will assemble at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday (August 2) ahead of the three-Test series against Pakistan.

Commenting on the selection of the squad, National Selector Ed Smith, said: "After three Tests in quick succession against the West Indies, we now turn to an equally condensed Test series against Pakistan, with 15 days of Test cricket scheduled in a three-week period. Our 14-man squad is unchanged.

"County cricket now restarts on Saturday 1st August. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the bio-secure Test match 'bubble', but we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket. As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan."