Spinner Shoaib Bashir of Somerset has received an unexpected call-up to the English national team. He is one of three players who could make their Test debuts during the upcoming tour of India in January.
During the five-match series, Ben Foakes and Rehan Ahmed have both earned recalls, while Gus Atkinson, a seamer from Surrey, and Tom Hartley, a batsman from Lancashire, may also make their format debuts.
Ollie Pope and Jack Filter, the two regulars in the ‘Bazball’ time, are fit again following the shoulder and back wounds that shortened their separate summers.
Ben Stirs will lead the group given his recuperation from a knee medical procedure last month works out as expected, however, whether he will be fit to play as an all-rounder is until further notice indistinct.
Atkinson’s hit-up proceeds with his quick global ascent after he was remembered for Britain’s Reality Cup crew even before making debuts in both white-ball designs at the back finish of the mid-year.
Hartley is less capable however made his ODI bow against Ireland in September and had been reserved by Britain for quite a while as a player with the range of abilities to prevail on the subcontinent, his left-arm activity drawing examinations with India’s Axar Patel.
Bashir’s call-up, in any case, is unexpected. The 20-year-old, who was on Surrey’s books at age-bunch level, has played only six five-star matches, taking 10 wickets, yet dazzled during the new Lions instructional course in the UAE.
Whether he will be given a presentation on the visit is not yet clear. Britain has a past filled with accepting youthful spinners to India as a component of their turn of events and with Drain returning and teen leggie Ahmed back in dispute a year on from his noteworthy presentation in Pakistan, four expert spinners have been named in the 16-player crew.
Foakes is involved interestingly since the previous winter’s visit through New Zealand having been dropped toward the beginning of the late spring and Britain faces a choice about whether to stay with Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps or return to the Surrey ‘manager, given his famous capacity with the gloves on turning tracks.
There is no spot in the crew for all-rounder Will Jacks, who was an unexpected exclusion from the new round of focal agreements in October, while Chris Woakes exits, having conceded after a wonderful Cinders that he expected to turn into a home expert in Test cricket.
Britain crew for visit through India Ben Stirs up (Durham – chief) Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire) James Anderson (Lancashire) Gus Atkinson (Surrey) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Shoaib Bashir (Somerset) Harry Creek (Yorkshire) Zak Crawley (Kent) Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire) Ben Foakes (Surrey) Tom Hartley (Lancashire) Jack Filter (Somerset) Ollie Pope (Surrey) Ollie Robinson (Sussex) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Mark Wood (Durham)