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Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes return to England squad for first two India Tests

  • Rory Burns also recalled after missing Sri Lanka series
  • Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran to be rested

England have announced their squad for the first two Tests of their tour of India. Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Rory Burns join the group after missing the trip to Sri Lanka, while Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran will return home at the end of the second Test in Galle, which starts on Friday.

This may be a bitter pill for Bairstow to swallow, having announced his intention to be “a huge contributor to English cricket in the Test arena” when he returned to the long-form game for the first Sri Lanka Test after an absence of more than a year. He proceeded to make 47 and an unbeaten 35. But Ed Smith, England’s national selector, said on Thursday that the move had been agreed before the tour began.

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