England name squad for first Pakistan Test after West Indies series win

England have named an unchanged squad for the first Test against Pakistan following their series victory over West Indies.

Joe Root’s side bounced back from 1-0 down to beat Windies 2-1 and reclaim the Wisden Trophy in a series played behind closed doors at bio-secure venues.

The three Tests against Pakistan and subsequent ODI series will also be played in empty stadiums due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The series opener starts on August 5 at Old Trafford, with the squad and reserve players assembling in Manchester on August 2.

England national selector Ed Smith said: ‘After three Tests in quick succession against the West Indies, we now turn to an equally condensed Test series against Pakistan, with 15 days of Test cricket scheduled in a three-week period.

England squad for first Pakistan Test

Test Squad:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Reserves:

James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dan Lawrence (Essex).

‘Our 14-man squad is unchanged.

‘County cricket now restarts on Saturday 1st August. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the biosecure 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.’

Following England’s comeback victory over West Indies, Test captain Root said: ‘The last two weeks we’ve been excellent. We set out a game plan and executed it pretty well.

‘I thought we were outstanding with the ball and there was three hundred partnerships which is progress for the batting line-up.

‘We are really growing as a team, we’ve always been a hard team to beat in these conditions but think things are really coming together in these last two Tests.’

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