Nottinghamshire opener Haseeb Hameed has earned a recall to England’s squad for the first two Tests of the India series.
The 24-year-old came into the squad for the New Zealand series earlier this summer as injury cover following the withdrawal of Ben Foakes with a hamstring injury.
Stuart Broad forms a battery of pace bowlers alongside James Anderson, Sam Curran, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson for the opening two games.
Since joining Nottinghamshire in the winter of 2019, Hameed has scored 914 runs in 14 matches at an average of 43.52.
His twin hundreds at Worcestershire earlier this summer marked his first for the green and golds, as he set a record for the greatest number of deliveries faced in a County Championship fixture, of 636.
All-rounder Ben Stokes returns to the Test squad after he missed the two-match series against New Zealand in June with the fractured finger he sustained during the Indian Premier League.
Stokes captained England to a 3-0 series win in the Royal London Series against Pakistan earlier this month and has since rested to help ensure his fitness ahead of the India Tests.
Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran also come back into the Test squad. Ollie Robinson is included after he took seven wickets on his Test debut against the Black Caps at Lord’s.
Jofra Archer (right elbow) and Chris Woakes (bruised heel) are both unavailable due to injury.
Archer continues to progress following elbow surgery but is not ready at this point to return to Test cricket. Woakes suffered a bruised heel last week and is undergoing a rehabilitation programme aimed to allow him to be fit and available later in the series.
“A home Test series against India is one of the most anticipated red-ball series and this promises to be an outstanding five Tests,” said England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood.
“India are a quality team who have shown their ability to get results away from home. We are expecting a highly competitive series and have selected our strongest possible squad.
“The returns of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran provide balance that allows us to get back to a structure that has been successful in Test cricket.
“Ben’s leadership in the Royal London Series, when he played despite his finger not yet being 100 per cent, typified his character and commitment that drives the players around him forward. With Jos and Jonny back in the squad we have added further experience and quality that will be needed against the world’s second-ranked team.
“We have selected Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand. Ollie proved in that Test that he has the ability to replicate his outstanding form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his England career.”
The England Men’s Test squad will report to Loughborough on Wednesday 28 July ahead of the first LV= Insurance Test starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday 4 August.
The players selected in this squad will be available to play in The Hundred for each team’s first two matches before joining the Test squad.
England Men’s Test Squad
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Dom Bess (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Mark Wood (Durham)
LV= Insurance Test Series
1st Test: England v India, 4-8 August 2021, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
2nd Test: England v India, 12-16 August 2021, Lord’s, London
3rd Test: England v India, 25-29 August 2021, Emerald Headingley, Leeds
4th Test: England v India, 2-6 September 2021, Kia Oval, London
5th Test: England v India, 10-14 September, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester