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07-Sep-2021 16:58:00 GMT
Eng vs Ind - 5th Test, Old Trafford

Jos Buttler, Jack Leach return for fifth Test

London: Jos Buttler and Jack Leach return to the England squad for the fifth and final Test against India at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Friday.

Wicketkeeper Buttler missed the 157-run defeat in the fourth Test at the Kia Oval to be at the birth of his second child.

Left-arm spinner Leach, who was part of the squad for the first two Tests, has not played a Test since March.

India, who have not won a series in England since 2007, lead 2-1.

In Buttler's absence, Jonny Bairstow kept wicket at the Oval and moved one place down the order to number six, while Ollie Pope returned to the side to make 81 at number five.

Sam Billings, who was added to the fourth-Test squad as cover for Bairstow, has returned to Kent.

Leach provides England with a second spin option alongside off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, who averages 16.60 with the bat and 49.83 with the ball since being recalled for the second Test.

England squad:
Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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