Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad has been included in England's 13-member squad for 5th Test, despite a nose fracture.Reuters

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced an unchanged 13-member squad from the last match for the fifth and final Test match against India, starting 15 August at the Oval.

Stuart Broad, who faced a nasty bouncer from Indian pacer Varun Aaron at Old Trafford, is retained by the English selectors. Broad suffered a broken nose, when a bouncer pierced through his helmet and struck him on the nose.

The English pacer was forced to retire hurt and taken to the hospital where a fracture was detected. He did not take the field in India's second innings because of the injury, although an ECB spokesperson informed that the 28-year-old will be available for the final match.

Broad, despite missing the second innings helped his side restricting India on the opening day of the fourth Test by taking a six-wicket haul. England skipper Alastair Cook was hopeful that the seamer will be available for selection in the series finale.

The England's Twenty20 skipper is to undergo a knee surgery after the series against India in a bid to remain fit for the forthcoming Ashes Series and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia.

Liam Plunkett, who played first two matches of the series, has also failed the cut for the fifth match. He was rested for the third but was later ruled out because of an ankle injury and replaced by Chris Jordan in the team and is likely to maintain his place as Yorkshire player is not included in the squad.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, and Steven Finn will try to force their way into the squad. However, it is unlikely that England will disturb the winning combination as both Jordan and all-rounder Chris Woakes had impressive outings at Manchester.

England are currently leading the five-match Test series 2-1, after winning back-to-back matches at Southampton and Manchester. They defeated the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team by an innings and 54 runs in the last match, within three days.

England squad: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.

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