England Cricket Board has announced the playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test against India. Led by captain Ben Stokes, the Three Lions have made one change to their side which won the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley.
The Brits have picked Jimmy Anderson, who will return to the team and replace Jamie Overton. The India – England series is currently set at 2-1 entering the final Test. The visitors won the second and fourth Tests, while England won the third game.
Three Lions fast bowler Jimmy Anderson comes back to the squad after the first two Tests, where he picked up12 wickets. Anderson then missed the third Test because of a sore left ankle. But before the India Test, the 39-year-old praised the team’s mentality over that series against the Kiwis.
20 years of playing international cricket, I had never seen before: Anderson
“I have never been in a dressing-room before when we have chased 300 (299) on a pitch that is turning and everyone being so calm, believing we were going to chase them down,” said Anderson to ESPNCricinfo. “That for me, after 20 years of playing international cricket, I had never seen before.
“You always get a few jittery people but one to 11 and the staff included were just calm and believed. I think that belief can go such a long way, especially with the young players we have got. We’re trying to develop their confidence and experience, I think that will do wonders for them.”
I don’t want to think of someone coming at me like that: Anderson
While addressing the third Test against New Zealand, Anderson expressed how he felt sorry for the Kiwi bowling attack. He said, “‘I think it’s horrible,” he said as a bowler. “I don’t want to think of someone coming at me like that.”
“I thought New Zealand bowled really well, to be honest, especially that spell when they got us 55 for 6, it was one of the best opening spells I’ve seen for a long time. But the confidence our batters have got at the moment – they’re fearless and we saw the way they all played. They just want to progress the game, I guess,” he continued.
England’s Playing XI for Edgbaston Test
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson.