New Delhi: The decision to drop Johnny Bairstow in the first Test against India has been criticized. In it, former captain Kevin Pietersen said, “If the England selection committee doesn’t field their best team against India, it will be an insult to India.” Along with Bairstow, all-rounder Sam Curran and bowler Mark Wood have also been left out. The ECB has rested Bairstow in the first two Tests under its player management policy.
Peterson said the traditional rivalry against India is similar to the victory over Australia. The selectors are urged to play Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Peterson tweeted, “England did not choose the best team to play against India in the first Test. This is a point of contention. Winning in India is like winning in Australia. This is an insult to English fans and India as well. Broad and Anderson should play. ‘
Rethink Bairstow’s decision: Nasir Hussain
According to former England captain Nasir Hussain, the selectors should reconsider the decision to rest wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow for the first two matches of the Test series against India. Hussein said Bairstow had made a mistake in deciding to rest. He had scored 47 in Gaul and 35 not out last week. Resting Bairstow is part of the ECB’s policy. England will have to play in 17 Tests and the ICC T20 World Cup this year. “I mean, he’s one of the three best England batsmen to play against spin,” Hussein said. He is on the list of Root and Ben Stones. However, he has been asked to return home and the rest of the team will go to Chennai, “he said. The players have come out of Kovid’s nightmare. They had to spend days in a bio-safe environment during the IPL. He then moved to South Africa. Then going to Sri Lanka and now back to India. Then IPL will play. I do not underestimate this condition.
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