Published:  12:00 AM, 30 July 2020

England name unchanged squad for first Test

England name unchanged squad for first Test
England named an unchanged squad for first match of the three-test series against Pakistan that begins on August 5 in Manchester, the country's cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.

England beat West Indies 2-1 in the first international test series since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the sport in March, winning the third test by 269 runs on Tuesday. "Our 14-man squad is unchanged," national selector Ed Smith said in a statement. "County cricket now restarts on Saturday, Aug. 1. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the bio-secure test match bubble.

"But we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket. As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan."

The second (August 13-17) and third test (August 21-25) will be held in Southampton.

England Test squad: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.
--- Reuters

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