Jos Buttler, Jack Leach included in England squad for 5th Test vs India
- Jos Buttler missed the fourth Test to attend the birth of his second child
- Jack Leach was part of the squad for the 1st and 2nd Tests, but hasn't played since March
- India lead the series 2-1, with the 5th Test at Old Trafford set to begin from September 5
Buttler returns to the squad after missing the fourth Test due to paternity leave – he attended the birth of his second child. Leach, who was part of the squad for the first two Tests, could make his first appearance for England since featuring in the innings defeat to India in Ahmedabad in March.
Meanwhile, Sam Billings, who was included in the squad for the fourth Test as a cover for Buttler, has returned to Kent.
Leach could replace Moeen Ali in Manchester, with the all-rounder averaging just 16.60 with the bat and 49.83 with the ball since being recalled to the side in the second Test.
India scripted a famous victory in the third Test, defeating England by 157 runs for their first triumph at the Oval, London in 50 years. India were bundled out for just 191 runs, with the hosts taking a 99-run lead in the first innings.
England also have to take some big calls in the pace department, as James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson were looking worn out after toiling for 150 over in the second innings of the Oval Test.
And with just a three-day gap between the next Test, the hosts could look at playing two spinners or rotate the seam attack with the likes of Mark Wood, Sam Curran and Saqib Mahmood also available for the selectors.
But Virat Kohli’s side showed their resilience, bouncing back to score 466 runs in the second innings and set a mammoth 368-run target for England to chase. Rohit Sharma scored a majestic eighth Test ton, which was also his first away from home, while Shardul Thakur brought up his second fifty of the match and Rishabh Pant also notched a half-century as the Indian batters dominated proceedings on the third and fourth days of the Test.
With the win, India currently lead the five-match series 2-1 and need to avoid defeat to register their first away series win against England since 2007.