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Edgbaston: On the eve of the fifth match against India, England announced their playing XI for the Test match. Veteran England pacer James Anderson, who was ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand, has returned to the playing XI for the series decider against India. Last year, Team India took a 2-1 lead in the series last year before the final Test was canceled due to the outbreak of Kovid-19 in the visiting team.

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Great opportunity for Anderson
England’s veteran fast bowler Anderson is one wicket away from taking 650 wickets in Tests. Had he not been rested in the third Test, he could have done so in Leeds. Most likely, he will be reunited with his long-time bowling partner Stuart Broad, who has crossed the 550-wicket mark in the longest format of the game. Meanwhile, Sam Billings has a chance in the XI ahead of Ben Fox, who tested positive for Covid-19 in the third Test against New Zealand.

On the tour of England last year, India took 20 wickets in three matches to put pressure on the hosts. However, there has been a complete change in both the teams since last time. Both the teams have new captains Ben Stokes and Rohit Sharma along with Rahul Dravid and Brendon McCullum.

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Under the leadership of Stokes and McCullum, England have started playing aggressive cricket. They won the third and final Test against New Zealand by seven wickets to complete a 3–0 whitewash in the series. He also scored more than 250 goals in all three winning matches.

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Big headache for India
India is yet to announce its playing XI. Team India is still awaiting the medical approval of their captain Rohit, who tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back. But, head coach Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday that the Indian team management would take a final call after examining Rohit’s two more Test reports.

England Playing XI: Ben Stokes (c), Alex Lees, Jack Crowley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson.

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