London, August 18 (PTI) England called back batsman Dawid Malan on Wednesday and added sailor Saqib Mahmood to their squad, aside from ditching struggling opener Dom Sibley for the third Test against India.
England have kept injured pacemaker Mark Wood in their 15-man squad in hopes that he will be fit for the third Test at Leeds on August 25, but left out Zak Crawley.
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India lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the second Test at Lord’s with 151 runs.
Malan is returning to the test team for the first time in three years. Most recently, he played in the English victory over India in Edgbaston Test Cricket in August 2018.
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“Dawid Malan deserves his chance in the testing arena. He has a lot of experience in all formats and I am confident that if asked to do so, he can do well on his home pitch,” said England head coach Chris Silverwood.
“In the limited amount of time he’s played top-notch cricket this season, he’s shown what he’s capable of, scoring a high-profile 199 for Yorkshire against Sussex at Headingley in June.”
Commenting on Wood, the head coach said: “We hope that Mark Wood will be fit in the first test after injuring his right shoulder. Our medical team will work with him every day. We will monitor where he is when we are there. ” Leeds. “
Saqib Mahmood has yet to make his test debut. The 24-year-old was named as a reserve during the England tour of Sri Lanka and India.
Crazy Jack Leach will return to Taunton but will remain on standby to replace Moeen Ali.
The England Test squad will report to their base in Leeds on Sunday.
England Squad: Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood .
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