England captain Ben Stokes was not available for the preparations of the upcoming Headlingley Test due to illness. Stokes fell ill over the weekend while back in Cockermouth and as a result has yet to join the team in Leeds. He was originally planning to be in position on Monday with the squad officially due to convene at the ground the next morning for an afternoon training session.
However, there are reports that he will be tested again for COVID-19 as there are possibility of a positive result.
Within England’s 14-man squad, the closest player in terms of skillset is Somerset’s Craig Overton, while Harry Brook would fit the bill as a batter, and is more than deserving of a home debut. Both may well play with England considering changes to their bowling attack in relation to workload management, given they face India at Edgbaston just three days after the scheduled finish in Leeds.
Regardless of which two of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts, England decide to rest, Surrey’s Jamie Overton, twin brother of Craig, could also make his debut.