On Wednesday, England recalled Dawid Malan and dropped left opener Dom Sibley out of their squad in an attempt to shore up their shaky top order ahead of the third Test against India at Headingley next week. India lead the five-match series 1-0 after a stunning 151-run victory in the second Test at Lord’s on Monday, in which they bowled hosts out for just 120 runs. England, who were left with 60 overs to bat after India captain Virat Kohli declared, were dispatched with 49 balls remaining where Sibley was one of four ducks in the innings.

Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns are expected to open the innings, with Malan batting at No. 3. Ollie Pope is also on the list, and he could play in the middle order.

Mark Wood is chosen in the team despite suffering a shoulder injury in the second Test. The England medical team will continue to work with him and “expect” him to be fit to play before the end of the season. Chris Woakes is not yet ready for a recall due to a heel injury. As a result, Saqib Mahmood stands a good chance of making his Test debut.

Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, and Chris Woakes are all injured, and star all-rounder Ben Stokes is currently unavailable due to mental health difficulties. Mahmood, who has yet to play in a Test match, has made an impression in white-ball forms and was named Man of the Series in England’s 3-0 one-day international victory over Pakistan earlier this season.

England squad for the third Test

Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkt), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood