James Anderson returned to England on a South Africa tour after proving his fitness, while Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow were also named at the 17-person party.
James Anderson will intensify his bowling attack after he returns to a nearly powerful test team for South Africa’s upcoming cricket match.
Anderson, the British record wrench player, was joined by Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood at a 17-person party but Moeen Ali still lived in exile.
37-year-old Lancashire tailor managed only four ashes last summer due to a recurrent calf injury but demonstrated his fitness in an exercise camp ahead of the tour that started in Potchefstroom last weekend but again in Cape Town due to the prolonged wet weather in central South Africa.
Wood was lagging behind in the recovery process but was brought in the hope that he could copy the kind of performance he created in his most recent Test performance – the performance shown in the match. Against West Indies in St Lucia in February.
Bairstow, currently working with Anderson and Wood, returned to the squad that was excluded from the second test series in New Zealand.
‘With James Anderson and Mark Wood back in the squad, Saqib Mahmood is the unfortunate player who was missed,’ national selection Ed Smith said.
‘It is not anticipated that Mark will be available to choose for the earliest matches. However, he will travel with the team and continue his rehabilitation work with the medical staff during the tour.
No exact date has been given for his return, but the medical team is working so that he becomes available to choose during the tour.
‘With that in mind, and for the long time that James and Mark had been sidelined by injury, it made sense to have a 17-man squad.
‘Moeen Ali, who resigned from the trial cricket last summer, is still not available to test the options.’
Spin is not expected to play a major role in a series of four matches but England will have untapped Jack Leach and Matt Parkinson as options.