England captain Joe Root says that he is not clear about what his bowling combination should be in the third Test of India vs England Day Night Test against India starting on Wednesday. And he will wait for some more time before it is finalized.
India beat England by 317 runs on a spin-friendly pitch in the second Test in Chennai to level the four-match series 1-1. All eyes are now on Motera’s redesigned pitch where the first test will be played with a pink ball. Root said on the eve of the match, “Given the limited information we have about this ground and pink ball cricket, we will take full time. We will make sure that we give ourselves as much time as possible before deciding on the match.
‘Selection in both departments can be a headache’
For the England team management, however, selection in both the bowling and batting departments can be a headache. Joffra Archer is fit in the bowling department and is available for bowling with James Anderson, the pace attack lead. He was not fed in the second Test, reducing the workload on Anderson. Fast bowler Stuart Broad is also a contender for a place in the team.
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“It is great to see that he (Archer) has started bowling again, we are excited,” said Root. He is a world-class player and has all kinds of skills … It is a very good position to choose from among the fast bowlers. Senior wicketkeeper batsman Johnny Bairstow has also returned to the team and it remains to be seen whether the visiting team ejects in-form wicketkeeper Ben Fox or feeds both.
‘Real information about the pitch will be received tomorrow morning’
Root said, ‘When we are ready, we will give you the team list. We just want to decide that we are sure about everything. When we are ready, we will give you the team list. I think the real information about the pitch will be found tomorrow morning and before the first ball. It is drying every day as you might expect. So we need real clarity about how we want to balance the bowling. Will use tonight’s practice and see how much dew plays a role and whether it will affect things. ‘