LONDON (Reuters) – Former captain Nasser Hussain has questioned England’s decision to relaxation Jonny Bairstow for the initial two tests in opposition to India next month, expressing the batsman’s spin proficiency was specifically required at the get started of the “iconic series”.
As element of England’s plan of resting multi-structure gamers, Bairstow, alongside with Sam Curran and Mark Wood, will be cooling their heels immediately after the ongoing examination collection in Sri Lanka.
“I would say it’s a issue that one particular of England’s most effective 3 players of spin – I would say Bairstow is together with Joe Root and Ben Stokes in that – has been given a boarding move dwelling and the many others are likely to Chennai,” Hussain instructed Sky Sports Cricket.
“Should you be resting or rotating for India or do you transform up to the first take a look at of that India collection, an legendary sequence, and choose your most effective side?
“England followers switching on when it is turning and England are 20-2 may perhaps properly have the argument, ‘I want to see our greatest batsman versus spin, or just one of them, in Bairstow’.”
Hussain was knowledgeable of the “nightmare” England players have absent by means of participating in sequence in bio-secure bubbles because the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March last calendar year.
“It is that balancing act of remaining truthful to the public and successful what’s in entrance of you and extended-phrase scheduling all calendar year.”
England have alternated veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad in modern times but Hussain manufactured a situation for actively playing each the seamers who share 1100-additionally test wickets amongst them.
“So we are perhaps going to go away out Anderson or Broad and perform the spinner in Dom Bess. Do you believe that is the right factor to do?
“At the instant our seamers are out-bowling our spinners, so shouldn’t we exhibit religion in them?”
The four-exam collection starts on Feb. 5 with Chennai hosting the 1st two matches even though the very last two will be played in Ahmedabad.
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi editing by…