England boss Joe Root announced on Thursday night that he was playing XI for the fifth and final Test against India starting on September 7 at the Oval in London. Root will play with the team unchanged for the Final Test against the visitors, who are already 1-3 down in the 5-game series. Jonny Bairstow will keep the goal after recovering from a broken middle finger, while Alastair Cook will play in his 161st and final test after announcing his retirement from international cricket on Monday.
With the XI game for the fifth test completed, it seems that Root and the team management have decided not to play with the winning combination. Moeen Ali, after his excellent run of 9 terrains in the Southampton Test will continue leading the spin attack of England. Adil Rashid, who has been ineffective in the series so far, has also retained his place in the team.
Pacer duet of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will start again for England, while SUVs Ben Stokes and Sam Curran will fulfill the duties of the third and fourth mariscador in the team.
In the batting department, the opening Keaton Jennings has managed to retain his place for the final test with Alastair Cook, who will play the final test.
Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes were part of the original 13-member squad, but have not joined the XI.
After registering a victory of 60 races in the fourth test, England already has an undisputed advantage in the series. But when Cook's first game retires after the next Test, England will seek to bid farewell to its all-time leading scorer with a victory.
Team of England for the fifth test: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.