Ollie Robinson, suspended for racist tweets, returns to England squad for India Tests

London: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes on Wednesday returned to the 17-member England squad for the primary two Tests in opposition to India, together with pacer Ollie Robinson, who was earlier suspended for his seven-year-old racist tweets.

Opener Haseeb Hameed, whose final Test was in opposition to India in 2016, was additionally named within the squad.

The first Test begins in Nottingham on August 4 whereas the second match can be performed on the Lord’s from August 12-16.

Jofra Archer, recuperating from elbow surgical procedure, and Chris Woakes, affected by bruised heel, are nonetheless not match-fit to be included.

Pacers Mark Wood and Sam Curran are the opposite quick bowlers within the line-up, other than the veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Robinson, who made his debut in opposition to New Zealand within the first Test, was suspended after his seven-year-old allegedly racist tweets resurfaced prompting the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to droop him from all types of cricket.

The seasoned keeper-batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are again within the Joe root-led crew after being rested for the Test sequence in opposition to New Zealand. The crew additionally has Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley and Dan Lawrence within the batting unit.

However, one of many notable comebacks is definitely that of 24-year-old Lancashire opener Hameed, who’s at the moment taking part in in opposition to India within the warm-up sport at Durham.

Hameed was termed as ‘Baby Boycs’ throughout his teenage years for his defensive sport resembling Geoffrey Boycott’s dogged defence.

Hameed, by the way, final performed in England’s 2016 sequence in India and he’s making a comeback after 5 years.

England Squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood.

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