England named their XI on the eve of the match, with Saqib Mahmood included for the first time, but they were forced to change plans when Overton began to feel unwell overnight. That means two uncapped players in an attack led by Chris Woakes.
Yorkshire CCC potential Matthew Fisher offers England Test options
England had already opted not to risk Ollie Robinson, who has been recovering well from back spasms that ruled him out of the drawn first Test in Antigua, and stuck to that decision to give Fisher his chance.
The late alteration meant England have now made four debuts in their last three Tests, following the appearance of Sam Billings in Hobart and Alex Lees last week.
However, bleeding two bowlers at the same time is a rare occurrence, the last time it happened at Lord’s was in 2009 when Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions took their bows together. Bresnan was also the last Yorkshire Test pace bowler to play for England before Fisher.
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England captain Joe Root opted not to put his new attack into action immediately, winning the toss and opting instead to bat in practical conditions.
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