LONDON, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Former captain Nasser Hussain has questioned England’s decision to put Jonny Bairstow to rest for the first two tests against India next month, saying mastery of the rotation drumming was especially needed at the start of the “iconic series”.
As part of England’s policy of resting multi-format players, Bairstow, along with Sam Curran and Mark Wood, will cool their heels after the ongoing round of tests in Sri Lanka.
“I would say it’s concerning that one of England’s top three spin players – I would say Bairstow is alongside Joe Root and Ben Stokes – got a boarding pass at home and the rest of them got away. are traveling to Chennai, ”Hussain told Sky. Sport cricket.
“Should you rest or shoot for India or take the first test of this iconic Indian series and choose your best side?
“The England fans who light up when the going turns and England are 20-2 might have the argument,” I want to see our best batsman against spin, or one of them , in Bairstow “.”
Hussain was aware of the ‘nightmare’ English players have experienced playing series in bio-secure bubbles since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of last year.
“It’s that balance between being fair to the public and winning what’s in front of you and planning for the long term all year round.”
England have alternated veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad in recent times, but Hussain has argued for playing the two seamers who share more than 1,100 test wickets between them.
“So maybe we’ll leave Anderson or Broad and play the spinner in Dom Bess. Do you think that’s the right thing to do?
“Right now our tailors are overtaking our spinners, so shouldn’t we trust them?
The series of four tests will begin on February 5 with Chennai hosting the first two games while the last two will be played in Ahmedabad.