Chris Woakes and Mark Wood in England for the fourth test against India at the Oval

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Chris Woakes and Mark Wood in England for the fourth test against India at the Oval


Mark Wood is back in the England squad

Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have been named to the England squad for the fourth test against India at The Oval, while Jos Buttler is out.

Woakes missed the first three tests of the series with injury, but returned to action for the Birmingham Bears in the Vitality Blast on Friday.

Wood is back with the squad after recovering from a shoulder injury that saw him miss the third test, which England won by one set and 76 points to tie the five-game series to 1-1.

The duo are joined in the 15-man squad by Kent wicket keeper Sam Billings with Buttler dropping out as his wife is expecting their second child. However, Jonny Bairstow is expected to take the gloves instead of Buttler.

“It’s very nice that Chris Woakes is coming back to the test squad,” said England head coach Chris Silverwood.

“He played well over the past week with Warwickshire without any real concerns with his heel injury. It’s an asset that we lacked both with the ball and his ability to score points in the middle order. We can’t wait to see him brace for the oval as we enter back-to-back testing.

“Mark Wood is recovering very well from his shaken right shoulder. He played in the middle on the last day at Headingley with our bowling coach Jon Lewis and was starting to go through his periods painlessly.

“For the first time in this series, it’s nice to have multiple options with our bowling stocks as we approach the final stages of the series. “

The addition of Wood and Woakes will give England plenty of options in the bowling department for the fourth test.

The best of the action from Day 4 of Test 3 at Headingley as England beat India by a set and 76 points to tie the series at 1-1

The best of the action from Day 4 of Test 3 at Headingley as England beat India by a set and 76 points to tie the series at 1-1

Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson both impressed at Headingley while James Anderson and Sam Curran are also on the squad.

Reflecting on Buttler’s absence, Silverwood added, “We wish Jos and his family all the best for the impending birth of their second child. Unfortunately, he will miss that test, and then we’ll see if he returns for the Final Test at Emirates Old Trafford.

“Jonny Bairstow will take on the wicket keeper duties, which he appreciates. As we all know, he has the skills to take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial points in the middle order if called up.

“Sam Billings, who was on the test squad for the New Zealand series earlier this summer, returns as a reserve keeper. He understands how we want to approach our cricket and is a popular member of the group. It will fit in well with the rest of the group. “

Saqib Mahmood will return to Lancashire for his LV = County Championship Division One match against Warwickshire, which starts on Monday.

England will train for the first time at the Oval on Tuesday afternoon.

Watch day one of the fourth test between England and India at the Kia Oval starting at 10am Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.

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