James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood return to the England Test team as they travel to South Africa for their first away series in the Test Championship. James Anderson is set to become the first bowler to play 150 Tests.
England have named a 17-man squad for the Test series in South Africa later this month. James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have been recalled into the squad.
England Squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Since February, James Anderson has only been part of 1 Test – the 1st Ashes Test, during which he had to go off with a calf tear after managing to bowl 4 overs.
Anderson has played 149 Tests so far. He is now set to be the first bowler in history to play 150 Tests.
Mark Wood is recovering from a left knee injury and side strain sustained during the ODI World Cup in July. He also last played a Test in February. Bairstow also returns to the side after having been dropped for the New Zealand Tests.
“With James Anderson and Mark Wood returning to the squad, Saqib Mahmood is the unfortunate player to miss out,” said England selector Ed Smith.
“Moeen Ali, who asked to take a break from Test cricket last summer, remains unavailable for Test selection,” he added.
England resume their Test Championship campaign in South Africa, with the first match starting on December 26. This will be the first time in the competition England will be playing away from home.
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