Sunday 10 August 2014 

England Unchanged For Final Test

Stuart Broad is named in the squad despite being hit by this delivery
Stuart Broad is named in the squad despite being hit by this delivery
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Following two impressive victories at The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the final Test against India at The Kia Oval.

England followed up a 266-run win in Southampton with an innings-and-54-run win inside three days in Manchester.

Despite being struck while batting and suffering a fractured nose, the unchanged squad means that fast bowler Stuart Broad is in contention to play.

He tweeted earlier today that he was ready to head to The Oval, but may have to wear a mask to prevent any further damage.

"Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job with the stitches. On to The Oval! (With a mask)," he wrote.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn join the 11 players that saw off India at Old Trafford.

Liam Plunkett, who was ruled out of the Old Trafford Test with an ankle injury, remains absent and there is no place in the squad for left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, who was called up but not selected for the Lord's Test.

Moeen Ali has taken on the role of premier spinner and returned 19 wickets in the series so far, including a six-wicket haul to bowl India out in Southampton and four wickets on the final day in Manchester.

The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn and India won the second Test at Lord's by 95 runs but heading to London, England lead the series 2-1.

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs