England head coach Chris Silverwood said on Wednesday that he will not hesitate to follow the rotation policy despite the visiting side winning the first Test against India. England beat India by 227 runs in the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. James Anderson delivered three of the best deliveries possible to fire Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. During the Sri Lanka tour, England followed the rotation policy and Stuart Broad played in the first test, while pacer James Anderson was chosen in the playing XI for the second test.
Silverwood said he is not reluctant to change the winning combination, despite knowing India will recover hard.
“I have no hesitation in changing a winning team now if it is best for the players and the team and its longevity,” Silverwood said in a virtual press conference shared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.
“You run the risk that the result is different, you could play against the same team and the result would be different because we know India will come back hard.”
“We know they are a really good team and we have the utmost respect for them,” he added.
Wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler is equipped for the final three Tests and Ben Foakes may have a chance to play on Saturday.
“Ben looks good and has trained hard and it is clear that this opportunity has given him a lot of attention in recent weeks,” said Silverwood.
“I don’t see it as weakening, I see it as an opportunity for people to come in and show what they can do because last time he was on the subcontinent he was very successful. So I’m looking forward to him, ”he added.
England’s winning start against India in their ICC World Test Championship campaign has kept visitors’ hopes alive of making it to the final of the nine-team competition.
The win at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday brought England to first place with 70.2 percentage points on the table and they have improved their chances of securing one of three series results in their favor that could help them by to the final: 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.
New Zealand has already qualified for the final by winning 70 percent of their matches (with no other series scheduled), while India and Australia compete with England for the other place.
India and England will play the second Test from Saturday.
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