English skipper Joe Root said on Tuesday that he has yet to have “real clarity” on what his bowling combination should be for the day-night third test against India starting Wednesday and that he will wait a while before finishing it. India hammered England with 317 runs on a gymnast in Chennai to tie the run of four games 1-1. All eyes are now on the renewed Motera field that will make its debut with the pink ball Test.
“We’re going to take our time with the limited information we have on this site and the pink ball cricket. You know, we’re going to make sure we give ourselves as much (time) as possible to get into the game before making a decision,” said Root on the eve of the match.
The English think tank has a selection headache in both the bowling and batting departments.
At bowling, they’ve got Jofra Archer fit and available, along with veteran pace spearhead James Anderson, who is back in the fight after workload management kept him out of the second test. Stuart Broad also has a chance of winning a spot.
“It’s great to see him (Archer) bowl again, we’re thrilled. He’s a world-class performer and has all the skills … it’s a really exciting place to now have a battery of fast bowlers to choose from. , ‘Said Root.
Senior wicket-keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has also returned to the squad and it remains to be seen if they can keep Ben Foakes in shape or play both.
“We’ll get you the squad when we’re ready … That’s how we want to do things. We just want to make sure, we’re really sure of everything. When we’re all set, we’ll give you the full team together. “
“I think I have a really good understanding of what this field might look like tomorrow morning and before that first ball … It’s gotten drier and drier as the days are over as you would expect.
“So you really need to be clear on what attack balance we want and use this exercise tonight to see how much dew it can play and how big of a factor it can be and if that changes things at all.”
However, the skipper hinted that there would be some more sideways movement with the pink ball that could “work in their favor”.
The fourth and final test, which will be a normal daytime race, starts on March 4.
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