England name unchanged squad from WI game for 1st Test against Pakistan
London, July 29: England named an unchanged squad for the first Test against Pakistan after winning their three-match series against the West Indies 2-1 to retain the Wisden Trophy.
England lost the first Test against the Windies but came back to win the next two in convincing fashion with Stuart Broad claiming his 500th Test scalp in the third Test which ended on Tuesday.
"After three Tests in quick succession against the West Indies, we now turn to an equally condensed Test series against Pakistan, with 15 days of Test cricket scheduled in a three-week period," National Selector Ed Smith said as quoted by ECB official website.
"County cricket now restarts on Saturday 1st August. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the bio-secure Test match 'bubble', but we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket.
"As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan."
The three-match series will be played behind closed doors, in a bio-secure environment from August 5.
England Test squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Reserves:James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dan Lawrence (Essex).