How will England line-up at Ahmedabad?
There has been plenty of kerfuffle ahead of the 3rd Test between India and England.
Since England’s comprehensive decimation in the second Test at Chennai, Some have chosen to resort to the age-old “it was an unplayable pitch” excuse, while others – those with a better understanding of the game, mostly – have admitted that India were simply the better side.
Whether it was with the willow or the cherry, they found players who adapted to the pitch brilliantly and contributed to England’s downfall. It has to be accepted that the visitors were outplayed.
However, had anyone told Joe Root that his side would be on level terms with the hosts after two tests, he would have taken it – and happily. And that’s where we are right now.
England have themselves a cricketing equivalent of a penalty in the form of a pink-ball test, and it represents their best chance of taking the lead.
The pink ball offers more lateral movement, and well, generally, it does swing more. Obviously, no one has an idea as to what the pitch will be like but what seems likely is that it will be the pacers and not the slower bowlers who are going to have a bigger say.
That would mean wholesale changes to the team that took to the field in the 2nd Test. Also, let’s not forget that with Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Zak Crawley back into the squad, Root has a few selection dilemmas ahead of him. How will England line-up against India in the 3rd test?
Does he go back to the team that won the 1st Test? (with the exception of Jos Buttler), or does he ring the changes? All things considered, it should be the latter:
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No explanation here either. What else did you expect?
To choose between Pope and Dan Lawrence is going to be difficult. Pope was decent in the 1st Test and a part of the rare resistance England were able to offer in the 2nd Test. Lawrence seemed to get better, despite struggling initially. Many would feel he was the more solid of the two batsmen last time around but Pope still has a stronger case to being the “Golden Boy”.
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Best that there is no explanation served here either, for it’ll be like impugning his ability. If there’s one player everyone – Indian fans included – has their eyes set on, it’s him.
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