England will lock horns with India in a high-profile five-match Test series, which will commence on January 25. The venues for the marquee Test series are Hyderabad, Vizag, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala.
The pace-bowling great Stuart Broad will not be part of the tour as he has already retired from cricket. He announced his shocking retirement in the middle of the fifth and last Ashes 2023 match at home.
Stuart Broad finished as the fifth-highest wicket-taker in Test history, and second among pacers behind only his teammate Anderson, having secured over 600 Test wickets.
He had a fairytale ending to his illustrious career as he smashed a six on the last ball he faced in Test cricket and then bagged a wicket on his delivery to help England bundle out Australia and level the Ashes 2023 series 2-2.
Genuinely spent 5 seconds looking for my name – Stuart Broad
On Monday, December 11, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a strong squad for the India tour. And Broad took his official Instagram handle to react to the squad announcement. He stated that he spent a few seconds looking for his name in the team.
“Genuinely spent 5 seconds looking for my name,” said Broad.
Talking about the England squad, the selection committee has included three uncapped players for the India tour. Also, Jack Leach and Ollie Pope have returned from injuries along with Ben Foakes, who was dropped for the Ashes 2023.
The veteran pacer James Anderson will lead the pace attack of the team while Jack Leach will be the leader of the spin-bowling department.
England Squad For India Tests: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson*, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir*, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wk), Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood.