Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket for England in the fourth Test against India at the Oval, with Jos Buttler ruled out.
Buttler’s wife is expecting their second child, so Bairstow will take the gloves for the Test side for the first time since the Oval Ashes Test of 2019. Kent’s Sam Billings has been added to the squad as cover.
Chris Woakes is also in line to play Test cricket for the first time since the third Test against Pakistan at the Rose Bowl in August last year after recovering from a heel injury. Saqib Mahmood will return to Lancashire to play in the County Championship.
“We would like to wish Jos and his family all the very best for the impending birth of their second child,” said the England head coach, Chris Silverwood. “Unfortunately, he will miss this Test, and we’ll then see if he returns for the final Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
“Jonny Bairstow will take over wicketkeeping duties, which he is relishing. As we all know, he has the skills to seamlessly take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order if called upon.”
England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Rory Burns (Surrey), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)