India vs England 4th Test – Chris Woakes: England team and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Chris Woakes will not be available for the fourth and final test of the series. Woakes has gone back to England without playing a single match of the series.
Woakes, 31, has endured a frustrating winter with England, having been involved in squads in South Africa, Sri Lanka and now India without playing a single game. Under the England & Wales Cricket Board’s rotation policy, Woakes was sent back to England without playing a single match on the tour.
Woakes missed out on selection in Sri Lanka due to being in close contact of Moeen Ali, who tested positive for Covid-19.
India vs England 4th Test: England all set to bring Dominic Bess in the squad at the expense of a pacer
With the fourth test round the corner, it is expected that the wicket will be a rank turner and will assist the spinners from the outset. This will compel the England captain and the management to tweak changes in their playing XI from the third test match after they wrongly assessed the situations and went in with their 3 front line seam bowlers- Anderson, Broad, and Archer.
With Moeen Ali going to miss the remainder of the series, Dominic Bess will surely be the other option the team will look to include in their final XI for the 4th test to accompany Jack Leach in the spin department.
“He’s in contention,” Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, said. “He was left out of this one because of the potential movement we could have got out of the pink ball. In training, we thought how do we make best use of this pink ball and who we have available?
“We’ve got two bowlers in the top 10 [Broad and Anderson] and if they can move the ball around, they’re a handful. So from Bessy’s point of view I wouldn’t read too much into that. He’s played an important part in helping us win games in the past and I’m sure he will do again in the future.
“He’s been great around the group,” Silverwood added. “We’ve got a good group here who do get around each other and help each other out, keep each other going. You have to do that in bubble life, which is what we’re living in at the moment. We’re lucky we’ve got that sort of environment.”