India vs England 5th Test: James Anderson is back as Ben Stokes and Co reveal playing XI for Edgbaston Test
India have still not announced their playing XI for the 5th Test. Rahul Dravid, while speaking to the press on Thursday (June 29), said that he doesn't have the liberty to reveal his playing XI.
England men's cricket team announced their playing XI for the rescheduled 5th Test against India starting at Edgbaston on Friday (July 1). The Ben Stoked-led side has made only one change to the side that won the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley. James Anderson returns to the side in place of Jamie Overton.
England Team v India: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
India have still not announced their playing XI for the 5th Test. Rahul Dravid, while speaking to the press on Thursday (June 29), said that he doesn't have the liberty to reveal his playing XI. But he added that India have clarity over their playing XI, it is just that they are not ready to disclose it at the moment.
Dravid also spoke on avalability of captain Rohit Sharma for the 5th Test, to which he said that Rohit is still not ruled out of the game. If he tests negative in further rounds of testings, he might as well come into the playing XI. He was not ready to reveal who will open with Shubman Gill in case Rohit does not make the cut.
England, on the other hand, are coming into the Test on back of a dominant series win over current World Test Champions New Zealand. The Kane Williamson's side suffered a 0-3 blow in hands of Ben Stokes' England, who are playing aggressive brand of cricket under new coach Brendon McCullum.
England have added both their veteran pacers in XI for the all-important 5th Test that they will be aiming to win as India lead the series 2-1. Both Anderson and Stuart Broad have made it to the final XI. They will be ably supported by young Matthew Potts from Durham who picked up 14 wickets vs New Zealand, which was his debut series. The only concer for England will be Zak Crawly who has struggled for runs in the recent past. It will be a big game for him.