Dan Lawrence Named As Harry Brook's Replacement In England's Squad For India Tests

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Veteran Dan Lawrence replaces Harry Brook in ENG's Test squad for India due to personal reasons.

Vishal Singh Jan. 22, 2024
Dan Lawrence, an English batsman, has been called up to take Harry Brook's position, after the young player withdrew from the five-Test India series beginning on January 25. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that Lawrence will be joining the team in the next 24 hours on X, formerly Twitter. "Surrey's Dan Lawrence to join the England Men's Test squad in the next 24 hours. #INDvENG," said ECB in a tweet. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday confirmed that star batter Harry Brook will miss the India Test tour due to personal reasons.

ECB announced -

Harry Brook is set to return home with immediate effect for personal reasons from the England Men's Test tour of India. He will not be returning to India. The England selectors will confirm a replacement player for the tour in due course

With 45 matches played for England since his Test debut in September 2022, no player has been more important to the Three Lions than Brook. Being one of the faces of England's offensive, goal-oriented, and optimistic 'Bazball' approach to Test cricket, which has so far produced excellent results for them, he has been essential in the strategy.

With 4 hundred and 7 fifties, Brook has amassed 1,181 runs at an average of 62.15 in 12 Test matches. His highest score is 186. The last time Lawrence, 26, appeared in an England Test match was in March 2022. He has smashed 551 runs at an average of 29.00 in 11 Test matches, including four half-centuries in 21 innings. His highest score is 91.

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Ben Stokes will captain a revamped England Test side for the next series. The series will begin with the first Test on January 25 in Hyderabad, and it will end on March 11 with the fifth and final Test taking place in Dharamshala.

Last month, the England Lions team trained in the United Arab Emirates, including debutants Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir. Vice-captain Ollie Pope and Jack Leach joined them in the United Arab Emirates to intensify their preparations as they returned to Test duty after injuries.

Rehan Ahmed, a leg-spinner, is back in the Test team after taking five wickets in his Test debut against Pakistan in December. It is noteworthy that Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, and Will Jacks are not present. Uncapped Gus Atkinson will be promoted from the limited-overs team to spearhead the pace attack in India, where James Anderson will be seen in the lead. Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood are the team's additional pacers.

Ben Foakes, the wicketkeeper, was called up in the meanwhile after being dropped out of the Ashes team earlier this year. The other wicketkeeper for the team is Jonny Bairstow. Leach and Ollie Pope are also back from their injuries.

England's Squad -

Ben Stokes (c), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root and Mark Wood.