London - Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope have been included in
the England squad for the final Test against India as Alastair Cook prepares
for his international farewell at The Oval.
Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes and Surrey batsman Pope are
added to group that will prepare for the fifth Test that starts on Friday in
England wrapped up a 3-1 series success with their 60-run
victory in the fourth Test in Southampton.
That sets the stage for Essex batsman Cook to take the
spotlight on what will be the former England captain's final appearance for his
The 33-year-old, who announced his retirement plan on
Monday, has scored an England record 12,254 runs, including 32 centuries, in
his 160 Test matches.
England's squad is the same line-up that faced India in the
fourth Test plus the additions of Woakes and Pope.
It offers few clues as to the long-term direction of the
batting order once Cook departs.
Who plays as wicket-keeper remains uncertain, with Jos
Buttler having stepped into the role in Southampton given Jonny Bairstow was
struggling with a broken finger.
Pope will link up with England on Thursday, after playing
for Surrey in the first two days of their County Championship division one
clash with Essex in Chelmsford.
England squad to face India at the Oval:
Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Sam Curran (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)