Fast bowler Ollie Robinson has returned to the England squad in place of Matthew Potts for the second Test against South Africa, which starts at Old Trafford on Thursday while captain Ben Stokes is looking for more pace and bounce from his seam attack.
Robinson is the only change made by Stokes, whose side lost the first Test by an innings and 12 runs over three days at Lord’s.
STokes believes the wicket at Old Trafford will be quicker than the pitch used in the first Test and Robinson is best placed to use it.
“If you look at what Ollie has as a bowler, one of his real key assets is how much extra bounce he gets compared to the other bowlers in our team,” Stokes told reporters on Wednesday.
“We think the wicket here at Old Trafford is a bit quicker than other grounds we play and obviously offers a lot more bounce.”
Robinson has 39 wickets in nine Tests at an average of 21.28 and might have played in the match at Lord’s had he not recently returned from injury.
“We all know the quality of the bowler Ollie is because when he played for England before, his skill set is unbelievable,” Stokes said.
“I’m really excited for him to pull on the England shirt again. It’s something he’s worked very hard for and deserves.
“Oli’s form didn’t let him down, it was his body and that’s hard to deal with. But where he’s at right now, I think he can look back on it and use it as something to learn from.”
The teams are scheduled to play the third and final Test at the Oval from September 8.
England squad to face South Africa: Zach Crowley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Fox, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.