The third Test of the current series between India and England at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad starts on Wednesday.
England won the first Test of the series, while the Indian team made a great comeback in the second Test. That is, the competition in the series is at 1-1.
After the 317-run defeat in the second Test played in Chennai, England captain Joe Root did not consider the pitch the reason for the defeat. However, questions were raised about the pitch during England’s batting.
In fact, on the pitches of the Asian subcontinent, the pitches have become difficult for the England team. In such a situation, a 2–0 win over Sri Lanka and a 1–1 tie with India would be considered a better performance for England.
England’s team may be happy with their performance, but the way the team has lost the second Test after gaining the series, there are many questions about that.
Whenever England team has to play in uncomfortable conditions, their team’s performance becomes like the performance of the second Test.
During the Chennai Test, the English batsmen lost their wickets in negligence, while the spinners were unable to put pressure on the Indian batsmen. On the other hand, on the turn taking pitch, the Indian team showed a lot of cleverness and maturity.
However, in the third test of the series, a big change will be seen in comparison to the first two tests. This test match will be played with pink ball in Flood Lights.
Earlier, the only day-night Test match in India was played in November 2019. India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in this match. But one particular thing of this victory of India was that Indian spinners did not get any success in it.
This is the only test in which the Indian team has managed to win without the contribution of spinners on their field.
However, the England team may see a change in such situation in Ahmedabad and it may be that the fast bowling is once again marginalized. Despite this, the enthusiasm of James Anderson and Steward Broad will be slightly more and the England team will try to take advantage of it.
England is adopting a rotation policy to give comfort to its players. The policy is designed to keep fresh for this year’s 17 Tests and Twenty20 World Cups, and to keep players fit during the Corona transition.
Australian one-day team captain Aaron Finch has also said that England’s rotation policy should be adopted, obviously there will be something special in this policy.
By the way, the fact is that England has announced the team with full power during the T20 series played before Christmas and the current series against India. In the four Tests played against Sri Lanka and India so far, England have tried 19 players.
Comfort during Test matches and availability of players for IPL is also a matter of debate.
However people should realize a reality that it is very difficult for any player to refuse to play in the Indian Premier League. During this time, he also uses his experiences found for England team only.
However the England team management policy for the players has not been fully made public. For example, some players of the team are participating in all Test matches this season, but these players will not play in some ODIs.
On the other hand, in June this year, some players will not participate in the Test series against New Zealand to take part in the IPL.
However, one reason for this is that England team management wants to see Morgan’s team strong before the T20 World Cup. However, under this rotation policy, some players had to remain quarantined in an Indian hotel, as they had gone to England after Sri Lanka and returned from there.
England’s strategy is being praised, but are there more problems?
However, it will also have to be seen that the performance of the team has been good during this period, so a full review of this strategy will be possible in the coming time.
Will England be able to retain their possession on the Ashes next year and will the T20 World Cup take over? If this does not happen, the place of many players of the team will be in danger.
Moin Ali will not be available for Ahmedabad test only under the rotation policy. Their lack will eat the team. England have good batsmen and fast bowlers, the wicketkeeper is also good, but there is a shortage of spin bowlers that affect Indian pitches.
However, the team definitely has two spinners in the form of Jack Leach and Dom Bess.
There is no shortage of good batsmen in England’s team. After the recovery of Jack Crowley’s wrist injury, England will have to make a decisive decision on their top batting order.
Five of England’s players compete for the first three places in the playing eleven. Jack Crowley, Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Johnny Barristo and Dan Laurence. In the recent past, all these players were not available to the team at one time due to different reasons, but they are all available for the Ahmedabad Test.
Dom Sibley had scored 87 runs while opening the first Test, so there will be a fight between two players for two places. In such a situation, the claims of Johnny Barristo and Jack Crowley seem strong.
Barristo batted well on Sri Lankan pitches and he plays spin well. At the same time, Jack Crowley had scored 267 runs against Pakistan five innings in advance.
However, England’s innings will be largely dependent on captain Joe Root’s batting. He made the team win by scoring a double century in the first Test. If he could not play a big innings in the second Test, then England could not score 300 even after combining both innings. But Joe Root also needs the help of other batsmen.
Last July, Ben Stokes was ranked third in the ranking of the world’s best Test batsmen. But after this, he got the opportunity to play only three innings under the first leave and rotation policy against India.
He scored an excellent 82 in the first innings of the first Test against India. But after this, he has been able to score just 33 runs in three innings and each time Ashwin has made him his victim.
In fact, in Test cricket, Ashwin has made Ben Stokes the victim most times. Ashwin has made Ben Stokes his victim 10 times, four times more than any other bowler.
Although it was really difficult to play the ball that Stokes had bowled in the first innings of the second Test played in Chennai, he was dismissed in a careless manner in the second innings.
In the second Test, Stokes had bowled just two overs. He also had a catch of Ashwin in the second innings, after which he played a decisive century.
Without Ben Stokes’ all-round performance, the England team will be able to perform strongly in the series, it is difficult to imagine. Even if they do not bowl, they will have to show a strong game with the bat, for this they will have to cut Ashwin.
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