I would be majorly surprised if Parkinson or Livingstone got another test. The other lads have either been injured or that I would say the jury is truly out on. Livingstone was a daft pick based on first class cricket, Parkinson simply doesn't look international class in any shape or form, the ball is going to sit up and half decent batters will be able to pick him off with ease.Five of the last 10 caps for England have so far only played a single Test match. Will Tongue become the 6th:
Fisher, Parkinson, JOverton, Livingstone, Ahmed, Tongue.
(Mahmood, Jacks only played twice. Only Brook and Potts doing better).
Nah. Rather YJB 6 woakes 7 in that situation. Root got smashed around by Ireland, if it gets to a point like today where England don't look like taking a wicket you need a genuine 5th bowler, especially given the turnaround between tests.Seconded for Foakes.
If the Skipper's knee is a concern and rules him out (thinking more for the 2nd test) then YJB bats at 6 and hands the gloves over.
Yes, I'd play him at seven if Stokes can't bowl.
In the long run leach being out for rehan probably means england can play woakes. Woakes+Rehan at 7-8 is a lot more reassuring then woakes at 7 then wood/broad/robinson at 8, if they go that route.Gutted for Leach.
I have no clue as to what England may do. They will have to call a spinner up but who? Can't see Moeen fancying it or even being match ready so it's between Livingstone or Ahmed for me.
As to who plays? I think it'll be Woakes with a bit of Root for the twirls.