Spinner Leach and goalkeeper Buttler are part of the England team for the fifth decisive test against India, which begins at Old Trafford on Friday 10 September; Watch it live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am on Friday
England spinner Jack Leach is back in the team
Jack Leach and Jos Buttler have been inducted into England’s 16-man squad for the final test of their five-game series against India, which begins on Friday, September 10.
Spinner Leach took 28 wickets in six events last winter, but hasn’t played for England since early March. He could replace Moeen Ali as the front-line player at Old Trafford, where England will look to level the series at 2-2 after losing by 157 runs at The Oval.
Buttler missed the fourth test when his wife gave birth to their second child.
Jonny Bairstow kept the wicket in place and Ollie Pope was added to the team as well. Pope marked his comeback at the flank with 81 in the first innings, but now he could miss a spot in the XI.
Craig Overton is on the team despite taking a hit to the elbow when he hit in the fourth inning at The Oval. James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood and Sam Curran join Overton in the bowling department.
Anderson and Robinson have had a heavy workload on this series, leading the way in overs thrown with 163.3 and 166.2 respectively.
With a series of Ashes looming this winter, there have been questions about whether the 39-year-old Anderson should rest for Test 5.
“It’s something we have to watch out for, but we had to try to win this event and put our best foot forward for the next one,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said after the loss at The Oval.
“He [Anderson] And we will have a conversation together, he will participate in that without the slightest doubt, James knows his own body and he will certainly give me an honest opinion of where he is, and it is certainly one that I will listen to. . I know you don’t want to miss any cricket, but we have to take care of it. “
Batter Sam Billings, who was inducted into the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent.