Unveiling England’s playing XI for second Test against India: Debut for spinner Shoaib Bashir

Unveiling England’s playing XI for second Test against India: Debut for spinner Shoaib Bashir

England is 1-0 in a five-match series against India following a surprising come-from-behind win in Hyderabad. Captain Ben Stokes has announced the lineup for the second Test in Vizag, including 20-year-old off-break bowler Shoaib Bashir, who replaces the injured Jack Leach. Veteran pacer James Anderson will also join the team, replacing Mark Wood. India has yet to reveal their lineup for the match. The inclusion of Bashir means England will continue with their successful three-spinner strategy from the first Test, with Anderson as the sole pacer. Bashir’s selection was due to Stokes’s recommendation, impressed by a video clip of him outwitting England batsman Alastair Cook. The playing XI for the second Test includes Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, and James Anderson.

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