England on Wednesday announced their 15-man squad to travel to Pakistan in December as part of three series of playtests.
Left-handed opening batsman Keaton Jennings, white-ball regular Liam Livingstone and Surrey’s Jacks (23) were brought in for their services.
Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad has taken paternity leave. Mark Wood is ready for his comeback after missing the entire summer at home through injury. Wood played his last Test in March this year against the West Indies.
An exciting team of 15 for our test series in Pakistan in December!
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 12, 2022
Rob Key, the ECB’s Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, said: “The selectors have chosen a squad for the conditions we can expect in Pakistan. There’s a strong mix of youth and experience and players who will adapt well to the types of pitches we’re likely to get in the three-game series.
England will go into the Tour with a lone special spinner with Jack Leach. Off-spinner Dom Bess and leg-spinner Matt Parkinson were not called.
Since Moen Ali retired from Test cricket, the Spin Bowling all-rounder slot has been available. Jacks accumulated 17 wickets and averaged 54 with the racquet in the County Championship. On the other hand, Livingstone has not played red ball cricket since the 2021 season.
Alex Lees was dropped from the squad after his poor results at home. Keaton Jennings, averaging 72 in the county championship this season, gets the nod.
The series is scheduled to begin in Rawalpindi on December 1st. The series is part of the World Test Championship cycle. Pakistan is 5th and England 7th in the standings.
England last toured in Pakistan 16 years ago, in 2005-2006. Pakistan won the three-game Test series 2-0.
England squad: Captain Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood