London: England has retained a 14-man squad for the next month’s Test series against Pakistan, which had defeated the West Indies in the recent Test series but included young batsmen James Bracey and Don Lawrence in the list of reserve cricketers. Have done.
The next matches of the series, to be held at the empty stadium without spectators in a bio-safe environment at Old Trafford in Manchester from 5 August, will be played at the Rose Bowl and Southampton (13–17 August and 21–25 August).
In a statement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), national selector Ed Smith said, “After three consecutive Tests against the West Indies, we will play a Test series against Pakistan for which there has been no change in our 14-man squad.”
He said, ‘County cricket will be restored from Saturday 1 August. We want to keep reserve players inside bio-safe test matches but also want to give reserve players a chance to play in county cricket. So England can change the reserve players for the 3-match series against Pakistan.
‘The team and reserve players will report on Old Trafford on Sunday. Host England won the Wisden Trophy by defeating West Indies by 269 runs in the third and final Test.
The England Test team squad
Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Joffra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jose Butler, Jacques Crowley, Sam Curren, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Reserve: James Bracey, Ben Fox, Jack Leach, and Don Laurence.