England name squad for first Test
Hosts retain the 12 players that played against SL; add Ben Stokes to the fold
England selectors today announced a 13-man squad for the 1st Investec Test against India commencing Wednesday 9 July at Trent Bridge.
Alastair Cook’s squad includes the 12 players selected for the recent Test series against Sri Lanka as well as 23 year old Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes has played four Tests so far in his international career, making his debut against Australia in Adelaide last year.
The Test series will be the first time since 1959 that India have played five Test matches on an England tour.
National selector, James Whitaker, said, “The selectors would like to congratulate all the players selected in the squad for the 1st Investec Test against India and in particular Ben Stokes who returns to the squad having worked hard to regain his fitness following an injury this winter.
“This series against India will no doubt be a tough one and the selectors would like to wish Peter Moores, Alastair Cook, the coaches and players all the best for a good performance next week at Trent Bridge.”
England squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Sam Robson (Middlesex), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Dravid to join Team India in England
Former captain to help the team prepare for the Test series in England
He will be with the team till the beginning of the first Test.