sport news Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer return as England confirm squad for first two Tests ...

England confirm 16-man squad for first two Tests against India as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns return with Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran rested England have named a squad for first two of four Tests against India next month Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer had been rested from current Sri Lanka series Rory Burns stayed home to be present for the birth of his first child Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have been allowed to fly home 

By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport, Repino

Published: 13:56 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 14:00 GMT, 21 January 2021


Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will spearhead England's Test tour of India next month after being named in squad for the start of the four-match series.

The star all-rounder and key pace bowler were both rested from the current tour of Sri Lanka but return in a 16-strong group alongside opener Rory Burns, who has been on paternity leave.

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The squad covers the first two Tests, a double header in Chennai, with further updates expected before the third and fourth matches in Ahmedabad.

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