England without Buttler for 4th India test, Woakes fit

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England's Jos Buttler walks into the field to warm up ahead of the fourth day of third test cricket match between England and India, at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON (AP) — England wicketkeeper and vice captain Jos Buttler will miss the fourth cricket test against India as he prepares for the birth of his second child, but allrounder Chris Woakes has been passed fit to rejoin the squad after injury.

England announced its 15-man squad on Sunday.

“We would like to wish Jos and his family all the very best for the impending birth of their second child. Unfortunately, he will miss this test, and we’ll then see if he returns for the final test,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said.

The fourth of five tests starts Thursday at The Oval, with the series level at 1-1 following England’s innings victory at Headingley.

Buttler has been light on runs in the first three matches, with a top score of 25, but his wicketkeeping has been tidy with 18 catches under his belt. Veteran wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is set to take up the gloves.

Woakes has not played a test in the past year, largely due to fitness issues, but is back in contention after making a successful comeback from his recent heel problem.

Pacer Mark Wood was unfit to play in the third test after sustaining a shoulder injury in the field at Lord’s and he will be assessed by team medics before a final decision on his availability.

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Squad:

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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