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How England could line up for their 2024 Test series in India

After a dramatic 2-2 Ashes draw with Australia, England's next Test assignment will be a five-match series in India starting in January 2024.

Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali confirmed their retirements at the end of the 2023 Ashes series, so it is time to look at how England may line up for the first Test against India in Hyderabad.

WhatIndia v England, Test series
WhereHyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi & Dharamsala
When25th January - 11th March 2024
How to watchSky Sports Cricket

1. Zak Crawley

Opener Zak Crawley silenced his critics with 480 runs at a strike-rate of 89 in the Ashes, including a memorable 189 at Old Trafford.

He had a tough couple of Tests in India in 2021, but scored a century in Pakistan last December and facing the new ball can be the best time to bat on spinning pitches in the subcontinent.

2. Ben Duckett

Diminutive left-hander Ben Duckett has also cemented his place at the top of the order and he is renowned as an excellent player of spin.

Duckett played his first four Tests in Bangladesh and India in 2016 and he averages 53 after returning to the side with a century against Pakistan in Rawalpindi last year.

3. Ben Stokes (Captain)

Ollie Pope is England's regular number three, but coach Brendon McCullum may be tempted to promote skipper Ben Stokes in India.

Injuries have hampered the all-rounder's bowling but he played a couple of stunning knocks in the Ashes, blasting 155 in a losing cause at Lord's, and batted at three in the final innings of the series.

4. Joe Root

Former captain Joe Root was named England's Test player of the summer, scoring 468 runs and taking seven wickets with his increasingly useful off-spin.

Root scored 218 and 40 in the tourists' 2021 victory in the first Test in Chennai and he has a brilliant record against India, averaging 63 across 25 matches.

5. Harry Brook

Yorkshire youngster Harry Brook scored half-centuries in each of the last four Ashes Tests and has amassed an amazing 1,181 runs in his first 20 innings for England.

He had a taste of conditions in India earlier this year, scoring an IPL century for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and was player of the series in England's 3-0 win in Pakistan.

6. Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper)

Returning from a serious leg injury, Jonny Bairstow showed great character in the Ashes, scoring 322 runs and claiming 23 catches and a stumping after a patchy start to the series behind the stumps.

His wicketkeeping to the spinners will be under scrutiny, especially as the classy Ben Foakes is waiting in the wings, but the Yorkshireman remains a firm favourite with Stokes and McCullum. 

7. Will Jacks

Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks played in two of the three Tests in Pakistan last year, scoring 54 runs and taking six wickets on his debut.

A white-ball opener, Jacks should get more opportunities at Test level after Moeen's retirement and he looks a potential star for England in all formats.

8. Rehan Ahmed

Leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed became England's youngest men's Test cricketer when making his debut in Pakistan last year and he vindicated the selectors' decision by taking 5-48 in the second innings, with home skipper Babar Azam among his victims.

Rehan wasn't unleashed in the 2023 Ashes, but made his ODI and T20 international debuts earlier this year and, with a first-class century also on his CV, he should contribute with the bat too.

9. Mark Wood

Mark Wood and Chris Woakes inspired England's comeback from 2-0 down in the Ashes and short, sharp spells of express pace from the Durham man could be crucial in India.

Wood's injury record means his workload will be carefully managed, but he has already made his mark in India, taking 5-14 for Lucknow Super Giants in his first appearance of the 2023 IPL season.

10. Jack Leach

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach had been a key figure in England's 'Bazball' era, but a back injury ruled him out of this summer's Ashes.

He should be fit for January's tour of India, where he took 18 wickets at a respectable average of 29 in the 2021 series.

11. James Anderson

Broad may have hung up his bowling boots at the end of the Ashes, but 41-year-old James Anderson is still going strong and he has a solid Test record in largely unfavourable conditions in India.

England's record wicket-taker had an underwhelming series against Australia, but he can build pressure with the new ball, as demonstrated by an economy rate of 2.65 runs per over in his 13 Tests in India.

Rest of the squad

Pope, who missed the bulk of the Ashes series with a shoulder injury, should return to the squad for the India series and his Surrey team-mate Foakes seems certain to be the reserve wicketkeeper.

Dan Lawrence, who made 46 and 50 in the final Test in Ahmedabad in 2021, was England's spare batsman during the Ashes.

The fast bowlers are sure to be rotated during the five Tests. Ashes hero Woakes is rarely considered for overseas tours - his bowling average is 22 at home but 52 on the road.

Josh Tongue, who impressed in his first two Tests against Ireland and Australia this summer, could earn the place along with all-rounder Sam Curran and uncapped Surrey paceman Gus Atkinson.

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