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The Rohit Sharma-led Team India will take on England in the fifth Test of the five-match series at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala. However, the hosts have already pocketed the series, having won three Tests in a row in Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Ranchi respectively.

With the series moving to Dharamsala, England Cricket has already announced their Playing XI. The visitors have called in for only one change with Mark Wood making a return, replacing Ollie Robinson. Wood comes in place of Robinson after the latter failed to make a mark with the ball. Moreover, amidst all the talk around the workload management, James Anderson continues to feature in the XI, playing his fourth consecutive Test match in this tour as he eyes to complete 700-wicket milestone. 

Speaking on the eve of the fifth Test, Ben Stokes also confirmed that Robinson isn’t 100 percent fit and thus misses out a place in the XI. “You are more gutted for Ollie that something on day one, his back going, which affects the role he can play in the long run. He is more disappointed that he couldn’t help the team out as much as he’d like. The thing to look at is that he was out on the field, trying to influence the game even though he wasn’t feeling 100% (fit),” Stokes said.  Check the top betting trends on the  best betting sites in India  and apps.

The Three Lions have also gone with Jonny Bairstow, who will feature in his 100th Test. Bairstow has failed to capitalize on the opportunities in the ongoing Test series against India as he has registered scores of 37, 10, 25, 26, 0, 4, 38 and 30 in the four Tests. 

England Playing XI for 5th Test against India:

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir.