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Lord's Test: Stokes To Lead, Brook Gets Place In James Anderson's Final Test Vs WI

England release its playing XI for Lords Test vs WI (X.com)England release its playing XI for Lords Test vs WI (X.com)

England will bid farewell to the living legend and 41 year old fast bowler James Anderson at Lords in the upcoming Test match against West Indies and ahead of the game, Ben Stokes finalised its playing XI.

Two decades long of service and 700 Test wickets later, James Anderson will retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the Lord's Test against West Indies. The first Test of the three-game series is scheduled from July 10-14 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. 

Ahead of the important game, England has released its final playing XI. Ben Stokes will continue to lead his side. Stokes' leadership will be crucial in navigating this emotional and competitive Test, ensuring that the team remains focused and determined to send off Anderson with a victory.  

England's Playing XI for Lords Test vs West Indies!

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Joe Root retained their place in the top 4. Meanwhile, Harry Brook has returned to the side after an indefinite break. He opted out of the five-game Test series against India and the IPL 2024 season as well citing personal reasons. 

Jonny Bairstow will miss the Lord's Test as Jamie Smith has been announced as the wicket-keeper.

Moreover, England has decided to go with three pacers and one spinner. James Anderson, Chris Woakes, and Gus Atkinson made the cut as three full-time fast bowlers, whereas Shoaib Bashir will be the only spinner playing for England at Lords.

Overall, the English side looks balanced. With Anderson's farewell at stake, Stokes and company are expected to put their best foot forward and bid goodbye to the legend in style with happy memories.