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IND vs ENG: Dan Lawrence Called Up To Replace Harry Brook For India Tests

England have called up Dan Lawrence as Harry Brook’s replacement for their upcoming test tour of India.

England’s preparations for their upcoming five-Test series were rocked on Sunday (January 21) by the news that Harry Brook will miss at least part of the series.

The ECB’s initial statement indicated that Brook would miss the entire series but that detail was later removed from the ECB website. There is still a possibility that Brook, who is returning home for personal reasons, will fly back to India for the later legs of the tour. The ECB statement also asked the media and the public to respect the Brook family’s request for privacy at this time.

It was a huge blow for Britain. Brook has been a revelation since his Test debut in September 2022. No England batsman has reached 1,000 Test runs in fewer innings than Brook since World War II and after 12 Tests, who The right-hander averaged over 60 with four hundred and seventy-plus scores. He is also perhaps the most attacking of England’s top seven turbocharged players, scoring over 90 in Test cricket since his debut against South Africa at The Oval.

Lawrence was called into Brook’s place. The 26-year-old has not represented England since Joe Root’s last Test as captain in March 2022 against West Indies in Grenada. That said, Lawrence was a regular in teams throughout the summer of 2023 without participating in a single match.

Lawrence has played 11 Tests so far and featured in three of the four Tests England played in India during their previous tour there in 2021. Surrey starting batsman series at No. 3, failing to pass 30 in any of his first four innings of the series before losing his place in the third Test at Ahmedabad. Lawrence was then recalled for the series final, where he scored 96 runs in both innings from number 7 as England failed to win the innings.

His inclusion in the squad is likely to give England more flexibility in their selection. With Ben Stokes unable to bowl, England do not have any real all-round options. While Lawrence only has 20 first-class wickets to his name, his long-range shot was rarely required at Essex due to the presence of not only the prolific Simon Harmer but also the leg-spin of Matt Critchley . Lawrence has been in good form with the ball in the 2023/24 Big Bash League, taking six wickets at 8.50 for the Melbourne Stars.

The first Test of the series begins on Thursday, January 25 in Hyderabad.

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