Source: News Bharati English28 Oct 2016 11:10:47
Dhaka, October 28: With the absence of James Anderson, England has announced the team for the upcoming series with India. England has named an unchanged squad from Bangladesh series for next month’s Test tour to India. As top seeded Test bowler Anderson is recovering from shoulder injury, he has been omitted from the team squad.
Senior bowler James Anderson is left out of the 16-man England squad for the Paytm Test series against hosts India starting with the first Test in Rajkot from November 9-13. Although it is hoped that he will still play some part in the series. There is no change in the squad that is currently in Bangladesh for the two-match Test series. Suffering from a shoulder injury, Anderson is expected to join the group in December when he is fully fit.
England will play five Tests in India, starting in Rajkot on 9 November, hoping to emulate the famous series win in 2012. England began their winter in the subcontinent with a narrow 22-run win over Bangladesh in Chittagong. The second Test in Dhaka begins on Friday.
England are also without Mark Wood, the Durham fast bowler owing to an ankle injury, but an extra seamer has not been named. While Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Steven Finn and Jake Ball provide the fast and seam bowling options, England’s spin attack comprises Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari. England will fly back home after the fifth Test in Chennai (December 16-20) for Christmas and will return for three-match ODI and T20I series after the break.
England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
India had an awesome Test series against the Kiwis and England is having a fabulous performance against the Bangladesh in the ongoing test series. Keeping in view that the European nation is playing in the sub-continent since recent time, and that India will be hosting the Test series, the Nov-Dec series is expected to a nail-biting competition. The competition also seeks tough fight between Indian bowlers and English bowlers who are the top contenders in Test rankings.