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Mark Wood will be the sole pace bowler in the England lineup, with no place for the veteran James Anderson in the first Test against India in Hyderabad.

Tom Hartley to make debut as England announce Playing XI for 1st Test Against India | IND vs ENG

Left-arm spinner Tom Hartley is poised to make his Test debut against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. The 24-year-old Lancashire bowler, known for his left-arm spin, will be a key component of England's triple-spin attack, alongside Jack Leach and leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, with Mark Wood being the sole pace bowler in the lineup.

Hartley, with 40 wickets from 20 first-class matches at an average of 36.57, represents a calculated choice against an Indian batting lineup that has historically shown vulnerability to left-arm spin, especially in home conditions. This selection strategy also highlights England's intention to exploit any potential weaknesses in India's predominantly right-handed top order.

In addition to Hartley and Leach's left-arm spin and Ahmed's leg-spin, England can also utilize the off-spin skills of Joe Root, a versatile player whose spin bowling fetched him a five-wicket haul during England's last tour of India in 2021.

The decision to field a three-spinner lineup has led to the exclusion of veteran pacer James Anderson from the XI, signaling a clear strategy by England to adapt to the subcontinental conditions. This approach is not entirely new; similar tactics were employed by Australia last year and by England in their previous visit to India, with both teams incorporating a seam-bowling all-rounder to provide balance to their attack.

The selected XI for the Hyderabad Test features a blend of experience and new talent, with Ben Stokes leading the team as captain and Ben Foakes assigned the wicketkeeping duties. Jonny Bairstow, another key figure in the lineup, will focus solely on his batting, positioned at number five.

An interesting subplot to the squad's preparation involves Shoaib Bashir, another spinner, who has faced delays in joining the team in India due to visa issues, highlighting the logistical challenges teams often encounter on international tours.

England XI for 1st Test:

1. Zak Crawley
2. Ben Duckett
3. Ollie Pope
4. Joe Root
5. Jonny Bairstow
6. Ben Stokes (C)
7. Ben Foakes
8. Rehan Ahmed
9. Tom Hartley
10. Mark Wood
11. Jack Leach

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