Former captain David Gower has warned England danger scuppering their possibilities of successful an “immense, box-office” Test series in India by sticking rigidly to a player-rotation coverage. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is heading dwelling after the primary Take a look at in Chennai beginning on Friday, whereas Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wooden and Sam Curran are being rested till the third match of the four-game sequence.
Star all-rounder Ben Stokes and quick bowler Jofra Archer have returned to the squad after sitting out the Sri Lanka sequence, which England swept 2-0.
Gower was sympathetic to the calls for of a schedule that sees England play at the very least 17 Checks in 2021 and mentioned the pressure of spending extended spells inside bio-secure bubbles was one thing “you shouldn’t overlook”.
Nonetheless Gower questioned an method that would dent Joe Root’s facet’s possibilities of a uncommon sequence success in India and with it a spot within the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.
“Overlook the World Test Championship for a second, that is now as historic a sequence as any,” mentioned Gower, who led England to a 2-1 triumph in India in 1984/85.
“India-England is likely one of the flagstaff sequence, it is an immense sequence, a box-office sequence,” added Gower, one in every of England’s best batsmen who was answering questions from reporters as a part of a podcast to be aired Thursday.
“As a Take a look at fan, I am barely aggravated England have already made plans for Jos Buttler to play the one Take a look at match.
“Simply as an Englishman, wanting England to do properly on this sequence, you need the perfect gamers to be accessible for as a lot of it as potential.”
England break up up the longstanding tempo pair James Anderson and Stuart Broad in Sri Lanka however Gower mentioned it was “very evident” that the duo, who’ve greater than 1,100 Take a look at wickets between them, have been nonetheless the staff’s finest bowlers.
“So long as England choose their finest XI, they are going to be aggressive,” he insisted.
Root on Friday will be part of Gower as one in every of 15 cricketers to have performed 100 Checks for England.
The 30-year-old Yorkshireman has already scored 8,249 Take a look at runs
“If you happen to take a look at Joe’s figures, he’s probably the most profitable of all of us who’ve reached that 100-Take a look at mark,” mentioned Gower.
“In comparison with (Geoffrey) Boycott, (Kevin) Pietersen, (Alastair) Prepare dinner, he’s forward of the sport, added the 63-year-old left-hander, who completed his 117-match profession with 8,231 runs at a mean of greater than 44.
Two of Root’s 19 Take a look at lots of, commanding innings of 228 and 186, have been made final month in Sri Lanka and Gower mentioned that, with out them, “England would possibly properly have come second”.
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