Buttler back from paternity leave, Wood in line to bolster weary seam stocks

Jos Buttler and Jack Leach have been recalled to England’s squad for the fifth and final Test at Old Trafford.

Buttler returns after missing the fourth Test while on paternity leave, while Leach is in line to play his first Test since England’s innings defeat to India in Ahmedabad six months ago. Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad as cover in Buttler’s absence, has returned to Kent.

With just three days between the fourth Test – which ended in victory for India by 157 runs after going the distance – and the start of the fifth on Friday, England face some big selection decisions, particularly in relation to their bowling attack.

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