England and Wales Cricket Board have named the 14-man squad for the fourth Test match against India National Cricket Team. The England selectors have added James Vince to the squad. The fourth Test match will take place at Aegis Bowl, Southampton from 30th August.
Vince last played in the England whites against New Zealand National Cricket Team in April at Christchurch. In fact. James Vince who leads Hampshire in the County Championship has been in excellent form with the bat. The right-hander averages 56 in the Division One of the County Championship.
ECB adds James Vince to the squad.
Furthermore, James Vince scored 74 and 147 against Nottinghamshire earlier in the week. The match was played at Aegis Bowl, Southampton which is the venue for the fourth Test match against India. Thus, if Vince makes the cut into the playing XI, he would like to repeat his performance.
Ed Smith said on the selection, “The selection panel felt this was the right time to reintroduce James Vince to the Test squad. James will provide cover in case Jonny Bairstow’s fractured finger prevents him playing in the fourth Test match.
“James returns to the England set-up in confident form and scoring runs. He has been in excellent form for Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship, with 847 runs at 56.46, including 74 and 147 this week – runs that shaped Hampshire’s win against Nottinghamshire. James’ match-winning runs also helped Hampshire to win the Royal London Cup earlier this summer.
“Jamie Porter has been part of the last three Test squads. But the selection panel did not want him to miss the opportunity of playing for Essex in the next round of championship matches. He will return to the squad in the event of an injury to a seam bowler.”
Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow who had suffered an injury to his middle finger is also retained in the squad. However, Jamie Porter who had broken into the squad for the first couple of Test matches is overlooked by the selectors.
England will aim to bounce back in Southampton.
On the other hand, some questions were raised on the selection policy of Joe Root and the team’s think tank when first Test match hero Sam Curran was dropped. Curran had scored 87 runs and scalped five wickets at Edgbaston. However, he was shown the exit doors from the playing XI of the third Test match at Trent Bridge.
Moeen Ali also makes the cut into the 14-man squad.
Here is England’s 14-man squad for the fourth Test match against England.
Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope.