England has confirmed its playing XI for the upcoming fifth and final Test against India set to be played at Edgbaston starting from July 1, Friday.
Ben Stokes will lead the side against the visitors, who currently lead the series by a 2-1 margin. At the top, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley continue to open while Ollie Pope remains at No. 3.
In-form batters,and Jonny Bairstow come in next with skipper, Ben Stokes set to be the only all-rounder in the team. Sam Billings will don the gloves with Ben Foakes set to miss after contracting covid-19 last week.
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The bowling attack will be led by James Anderson, who returns to the side after being rested for the third Test against New Zealand. He will have Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts alongside him, with Jack Leach being the lone spinner.
The Englishmen are coming into the Test on the back of a 3-0 whitewash over WTC Champions, New Zealand. The bowling attack is in good form while the batting order is being carried by Yorkshire men, Root and Bairstow.
India leads the series 2-1 after four games, with the first one having ended in a draw last year. The fifth Test in Manchester was postponed due to a covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
England playing XI v India:
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson.