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England name unchanged squad for first Test against Pakistan

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England have named an unchanged squad for their first Test against Pakistan, which begins on 5 August in Manchester.

Along with the 14-man squad, England have also named four reserve players. All six fast bowlers, who played a role in the 2-1 series victory over West Indies have retained their place with Dom Bess being the only spinner.

Joe Denly, who was dropped after the first Test against West Indies, finds no place in the full squad or the reserve group. The reserve list consists of uncapped batsmen James Bracey and Dan Lawrence, spinner Jack Leach, and back-up keeper Ben Foakes.

All 18 members of the group will assemble at Old Trafford on 2 August. 

"After three Tests in quick succession against the West Indies, we now turn to an equally condensed Test series against Pakistan, with 15 days of Test cricket scheduled in a three-week period. Our 14-man squad is unchanged," National Selector Ed Smith said.

"County cricket now restarts on Saturday, 1 August. We want to have sufficient reserves inside the biosecure Test match ‘bubble’, but we may also want to give opportunities, where possible, for the reserves to play county cricket. As we seek the best balance here, England may make changes to the reserves during the three-match series against Pakistan."

Squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Reserve players: James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence

Series schedule:

1st Test: 5-9 August, Old Trafford, Manchester

2nd Test: 13-17 August, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

3rd Test: 21-25 August, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

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