ECB announces squad for third Test at Trent Bridge

The next contest will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from August 18 to 22.

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Chris Woakes of England celebrates with teammates after dismissing India captain Virat Kohli. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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England are currently leading their five-match Test series against India 2-0 after having won the first two matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively. Joe Root and Co were a tad jittery in the opening encounter in Birmingham but eventually managed to come out trumps by 31 runs courtesy of impressive performance by their bowlers coupled with some indifferent Indian batting.

However, the Brits came into their own at the Home of Cricket by winning the match by a colossal margin of an innings and 159 runs. The next contest will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from August 18 to 22 and the Three Lions would love to defeat India and seal the fate of the series. In the meantime, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the home team’s squad for the third Test.

A look into the changes

After their resounding victory, England have decided to not change tinker with their squad. The team doesn’t have Ben Stokes, who missed the second Test due to his court case surrounding his affray last year in September. He may also go on to miss the entire series. Surrey-cricketer Ollie Pope impressed in his maiden international outing and he has been persisted with as well.

Adil Rashid wasn’t required to either bat or bowl in the second encounter, but the management hasn’t let him out of the setup. Moreover, James Porter and Moeen Ali, who haven’t played the previous two matches, also remain to be in the squad. The likes of Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, and Jos Buttler would be keen to make amends for a couple of lacklustre outings.

Here is the full squad

Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, James Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes

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