Pacemaker Mark Wood will return to the England squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting on Friday.
Wood, 32, replaces injured Liam Livingstone in the side’s only change that won the first testwhich means there is no room for Ben Foakes.
Regular wicketkeeper Foakes missed the first test due to illness and his replacement Ollie Pope keeps the gloves.
England will seal their first series victory against Pakistan outside the UK in 22 years with victory in Multan.
Wood hasn’t played a Test since March due to an elbow injury that sidelined him for the summer at home.
“Having someone in your team who can play 150km/h is a huge bonus for any team in the world, especially as Pakistan is a very difficult place to come and win,” said said England captain Ben Stokes.
“Having someone of his caliber and what he brings will be huge for us. It will add to our ability to take 20 wickets.”
It’s a blow for Foakes, who was initially named in the XI for the first Test, to be sent off on the morning of the match.
Stokes has repeatedly called the Surrey man ‘the best wicket-keeper in the world’ and says his omission from this test has no bearing on his future prospects, despite Pope and injured Jonny Bairstow offer options behind the stumps.
“The selection is fair for this test,” Stokes said. “I will continue to say he is the best goalkeeper in the world, so it must seem silly for us not to choose him.
“Adding Mark Wood to the side gives us a better chance of taking 20 wickets.
“We told Ben not to consider this as something for the future. We didn’t have this on our radar until the illness he unfortunately had before the first test. It’s certainly not a sign for its future.”