James Vince dropped from England squad for final Test vs India

first_imgEngland have named a 13-man squad for the fifth and final Test against India, starting on September 7 at the Oval.The only man to get the axe from the previous 14-member squad for the fourth Test was James Vince.Vince was called in as a back-up to Jonny Bairstow, who had injured his finger while keeping in the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.Ollie Pope, who made way for Moeen Ali in the fourth Test in Southampton, also retained his place in the side but will join up with the squad late as he will be involved in county cricket with Surrey.England have also kept Chris Woakes in the side despite the all-rounder missing out on a place in the playing XI for fourth Test because of an injury.”England National Cricket Selectors have named a 13-man squad for the fifth Specsavers Test match against India at Kia Oval starting on Friday September 7.Ollie Pope will play for Surrey in the first two days of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Essex at Chelmsford and will join the rest of the Test squad on Thursday morning,” said a press-release.The Test will be Alaistair Cook’s last match in an England shirt as he announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday.Cook has been struggling for runs in the current series against India having scored just 109 runs so far in four matches at an average of 15.57 with a highest score of just 29.Cook, who made his debut for England in 2006, will bow out as the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history. He has so far amassed 12254 runs in 160 Tests at an average of 44.88 with 32 hundreds and 56 half-centuries. He is the only active player in the 10,000-run club in the longest format.advertisementCook’s final Test at The Oval later this week will be his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket. He missed just one Test in his entire career (vs India in Mumbai, 2006) that too because of a stomach bug.Cook also led England for more than four years and was the country’s 79th captain in the longest format before handing over the reins to Joe Root in February last year.England have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.last_img

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