By: Dan Bresnan, Sports EditorThe England team had to settle for a disappointing defeat in the World Twenty20 to India in the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday, but were able to claw their way back to within two runs of victory.
After the opening day of the World Cup in the UAE, England and India will meet in the final match of the two-Test series in Cardiff on July 14.
After a long day of preparation ahead of the match, there are a number of players who have been named in the squad.
The main names are the opener Tom Latham, the third-choice opener Chris Woakes, the specialist bowlers Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes, and spin bowlers Chris Woollen and James Faulkner.
Latham, who made his Test debut against India in Brisbane on March 1, is still looking to be at his best, as he made 50 runs in his first innings.
“He has a lot of confidence in his bowling, he has got a lot to offer us, but we are working on getting him back in the team as quickly as possible,” said England captain Chris Woollcott.
Lotham, who is the highest-ranked batsman in the ODI squad, is also looking to make his first Test appearance for England.
“It is a dream come true,” he said.
“I am looking forward to getting out there and doing my best for the team.”
Stokes and Woollen, who were named in last year’s World Cup squad, have both been included in the England team, as well as former England captain Steve Smith, who will be playing in the first Test in Cardiff.
Stokes is the only player from the England ODI side who will not be part of the squad for Cardiff.
“Steve Smith is not in the [first] Test but he has been with us since the World T20,” said Woollott.
“The way we have been training, the way we are preparing and our mindset, he will definitely be part [of the] team.”
The captain, Stokes has been part of England’s first Test squad since his England debut in 2015, and is looking to cement his place in the Test team.
“Everyone wants to be in the side, it’s our job to be the team that we want to be,” said Stokes.
“We are just trying to get to the World XI in Cardiff, hopefully we can get there in time.”
The spinners are not yet in the starting XI, as Woollen is yet to play a match.
“You want to get the right player on the field at the right time and we are looking to get one of the guys who has been there and done it,” said Watson.
Stoke has been the most successful of the spinners so far, averaging 28.00 in the three Tests he has played, while Woollen has been equally impressive at 20.10.
Woollen also has a good record against England, taking six wickets in the 2015-16 series.
Sticking to the theme of the day, Woollock has been a revelation for England, and his wicket of four for the victory over India was the fourth century of his Test career.
Woollidge has taken four wickets at 25.19 in the series, while he has also taken four sixes at 21.50 in the past four games.
“Tom is very solid, very consistent, he is a great bowler,” said captain James Faulks.
“I know he is very fit and has been training a lot, so hopefully he will be able to be a real part of us in Cardiff.”
For England, the three players selected in the XI include one from the side who won the Test series, England captain Alastair Cook, and one from a side who has yet to win a Test.
“There is a good mix of players, but that’s what you want,” said West Indies captain Albie Smith.
“It’s nice to have some of the players in that you want to have that mix, because that’s the way it is, it is how you want it, so I am looking to work hard and make sure that we can have a good run of it.