Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have been named in Englands squad for the fourth Test against India at The Oval, while Jos Buttler misses out. Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings has been added to the 15-man squad as cover.
Woakes, Englands player of the year in 2020, has not played Test cricket for more than 12 months because of a combination of the ECBs rest and rotation policy and a heel injury which ruled him out of the first three Tests of this series.
"It is very pleasing that we have Chris Woakes returning to the Test squad," said England head coach Chris Silverwood.
Chris Woakes makes a return to the England squad for the fourth #ENGvIND Test.— ICC (@ICC) August 29, 2021
Sam Billings has been added as a replacement for Jos Buttler, who will miss the Test for the birth of his second child. pic.twitter.com/3mVPEUqrKB
"He has bowled well over the past week with Warwickshire without any real concerns with his heel injury. He is an asset we have been missing both with the ball and his ability to score runs in the middle order. We are looking forward to seeing him prepare at the Oval as we go into back-to-back Tests.
"Mark Wood is making an excellent recovery from his jarred right shoulder. He bowled in the middle on the last day at Headingley with our bowling coach Jon Lewis and was starting to get through his spells pain-free.
"For the first time in this series, it is pleasing to have several options with our bowling stocks as we approach the latter stages of the series."
The addition of Wood and Woakes will give England plenty of options in the bowling department for the fourth Test.
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