In a major boost to England, their talisman bowler James Anderson is deemed fit to play against India in the one-off Test.
England announced their playing XI a day before the rescheduled Test. The noticeable name on the list was James Anderson since many doubts were raised over the 39-year-old availability owing to a painful left ankle.
Anderson, who is England’s leading wicket-taker, missed his side’s 3rd and final Test against New Zealand. Until now, he was unsure of his availability and even said he hates missing games.
Amid speculations, it is clear that he is ready to face India.
The list of playing XI for England is as follows.
Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
Anderson replaces Jamie Overton, who scored a beautiful 97 in the first innings of the 3rd match against the Blackcaps. Meanwhile, Ben Foakes misses out since he tested COVID positive.
On the other hand, India have yet to announce their stand-in captain in case Rohit Sharma cannot recover. However, his chances of making it to the playing XI remain slim.
England are trailing 2-1 in the series, and Anderson’s availability is a huge plus.