England have called-up Chris Woakes for the fourth Test against India at The Oval.
“It is very pleasing that we have Chris Woakes returning to the Test squad,” head coach Chris Silverwood said. “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.”
“We would like to wish Jos and his family all the very best for the impending birth of their second child,” Silverwood said. “Unfortunately, he will miss this Test, and we’ll then see if he returns for the final Test. Jonny Bairstow will take over wicketkeeping duties, which he is relishing. As we all know, he has the skills to seamlessly take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order if called upon.”
“Mark Wood is making excellent recovery from his jarred right shoulder,” Silverwood said. “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.”