England announces squad for the 5th Test match against India
England has announced their squad ahead of the upcoming 5th (rescheduled) Test match against India which is going to kick off on 1st July, Friday at Birmingham.
Recently, the hosts have whitewashed New Zealand in the three-match Test series as they won the series by 3-0. During the final day of the 3rd Test against the Kiwis, England chased down a total of 296 runs and won the game quite comfortably.
Moreover, Sam Billings who came in as a substitute for Ben Foakes due to the contract of Covid-19, the right-hander has been named in the squad against India.
Zak Crawley who is currently struggling with the bat has scored just 87 runs in this series and this might be his last chance to get back to his form. However, England has decided to come up with the same squad that they played against New Zealand.
He's scoring at a great rate: Ravi Shastri
The former head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri has backed Rahul Tripathi ahead of the ongoing series against Ireland. Ravi Shastri wants Rahul Tripathi to make his international debut in this series.
Moreover, he shared a few words in interaction with ESPNcricinfo, saying, "When he is there at the crease, the scoreboard is ticking. He doesn't go behind the edged ball.
Shot-making ability, the all-round game that he has, he's not overawed by any opposition or by any bowler. He's scoring at a great rate. You know which is tremendous at no.3 because he sets it up beautifully."
On the other hand, Rahul Tripathi also shared a few words after being selected for the three-match T20I series against Ireland. "It is a very big opportunity, a dream come true (moment) and (I) appreciate (it).
I am very happy that the selectors and everybody believed in me and whatever hard work I have put in, I have got the rewards. And hopefully, if I get an opportunity to play, I will try and give my best," Rahul Tripathi was quoted as same as in CricTracker.
Here is the England squad for the 5th Test:
Ben Stokes (Captain), James Anderson, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope.