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Archer, Stokes In England Squad For First 2 Tests Vs. India

Pacer Jofra Archer and allrounder Ben Stokes will spearhead Englands test tour of India after being named Thursday in the 16man squad for the start of the fourmatch series.

Archer, Stokes In England Squad For First 2 Tests Vs. India

LONDON: Pacer Jofra Archer and all-rounder Ben Stokes will spearhead Englands test tour of India after being named Thursday in the 16-man squad for the start of the four-match series.

Stokes and Archer were both rested from England’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka but return alongside opener Rory Burns, who has been on paternity leave.

The squad covers the first two tests in Chennai next month, starting Feb. 5, with further updates expected before the third and fourth matches in Ahmedabad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has ramped up its rotation policy this winter, mindful of the psychological demands placed on players in an era of bio-secure bubbles and quarantine.

England and India will also play a five-match Twenty20 series in Ahmedabad and three one-day internationals in Pune.

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England squad for first and second tests: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

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