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Rory Burns, Sam Curran and Ollie Pope have all been named in the England squad for the first two Tests against India next month.

The series starts at Trent Bridge on Wednesday August 4th before carrying onto Lord’s for the second game, which starts on Thursday August 12th.

The squad will report to Loughborough on Wednesday 28 July, with Burns and Curran available to play for their teams in The Hundred for the first two matches of the competition.

Pope, who suffered an thigh injury during Surrey’s Vitality Blast match against the Kent Spitfires, will be hopeful of completing his recovery in time to feature for the start of the series.

All three players have come through the Surrey CCC age group sides and Academy, rising to represent their Club and county at the highest level. Burns was appointed as Surrey CCC Club Captain in December 2017, leading Surrey to the County Championship in his first year in charge.

The series will also feature the long awaited return of Test cricket to The Kia Oval, when Engand play India in the fourth Test, starting on Thursday September 2nd.

England Men’s Test Squad

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Dom Bess (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)

Dan Lawrence (Essex)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Ollie Pope (Surrey)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Mark Wood (Durham)

LV= Insurance Test Series

1st Test: England v India, 4-8 August 2021, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

2nd Test: England v India, 12-16 August 2021, Lord’s, London

3rd Test: England v India, 25-29 August 2021, Emerald Headingley, Leeds

4th Test: England v India, 2-6 September 2021, Kia Oval, London

5th Test: England v India, 10-14 September, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Stuart Broad watches from the boundary at The Kia Oval