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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jos Buttler had missed the 4th Test due to the birth of his 2nd child
  • Jack Leach is expected to be included in the playing XI for the series-finale in Manchester
  • Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and off-spinner Jack Leach have been recalled to the England squad for the fifth and final Test of the series against India while batsman Sam Billings has been released by the team management.

Buttler had missed the fourth Test due to the birth of his second child while Leach is expected to be included in the playing XI for the series-finale which will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 10.

“England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood has named a 16-player squad for the fifth LV= Insurance Test match against India starting at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 10 September 2021.

“Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler returns to the squad following the birth of his daughter during the fourth Test at the Kia Oval.

“Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been added to the squad for the final Test of the series. Batsman Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.ICC Twitter Photo

England trail the five-match series 2-1 after losing the fourth Test by 157 runs at The Oval on Monday.

England squad: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton.

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