The tourists opted for speedster Mark Wood ahead of veteran quick James Anderson at the start of the five-match series in Hyderabad.
Jimmy Anderson, England's leading Test wicket-taker, made his debut the last time his country faced Zimbabwe in 2003
Anderson struggled to make much of an impact during the recent Ashes series against Australia, with the 41-year-old unable to generate much movement with the ball when managing just five wickets for the series at an average of 85.40 from four Test appearances
Despite his outstanding Test record on home soil, double World Cup-winner Woakes has often found himself on the outside looking in when it comes to red-ball cricket given the enduring careers of Anderson and the now retired Broad, who bowed out after the Ashes finale at The Oval
England fast bowler James Anderson insists that turning 41 on Sunday will not push him into retirement, claiming he "has a lot more to give".
England have named an unchanged team for the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval starting Thursday, with record wicket-taker James Anderson keeping his place in the side.
James Anderson returns on his Old Trafford home ground to lead an ageing England attack in a must-win fourth Ashes Test.
Both Anderson and fellow paceman Josh Tongue have been "rested", according to an England statement issued Wednesday, with their places taken by express quick Mark Wood and seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes
Ishant Sharma stirs up a controversy during a recent interview where he stated that Zaheer Khan was a better bowler than James Anderson, hinting that the England legend probably would not have been that successful if he played in Indian conditions.