Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will return to the England side for their India Tests starting next month, with captain Joe Root saying on Thursday the players will give the team a “major boost.”
Stokes and Archer missed England’s current matches in Sri Lanka as the squad was rotated to allow players to rest during the coronavirus pandemic.
After Sri Lanka, England go to India – who have been boosted by their historic Test win in Australia this week – for a series including four Tests.
Root was optimistic despite India’s sensational win.
“I expect India to be full of confidence and in their own conditions they are a very good team. They play some very good cricket,” he told reporters.
“We have to be at our absolute best. But that’s an exciting prospect for us, a great opportunity for us, it’s a great way to aid our development as a side.
“And we will be going there fully expecting to try and win that series. But we have got a lot of hard work to do before we get there. We got a big Test match here.”
Root’s 228 was crucial to winning the opening Test by seven wickets but England bowlers twice bowled out the hosts in Galle.
The two key players are expected to be announced in the Test squad for India to be revealed Thursday.
“You speak to any side in the world, those two guys coming back into it would give the squad a huge boost and it’s certainly the case for us,” said Root.
England will travel to India from Sri Lanka with the first Test scheduled in Chennai on February 5. They will also play five T20 matches and three one-day internationals.