Joe Root says there is a chance England’s most prolific test players could line up together again in a day-night test against India in Ahmedabad; World-class captain Jofra Archer returns after elbow injury that saw him miss second test in Chennai
Last updated: 23/02/21 17:21 pm
James Anderson and Stuart Broad could play together in the third pink ball test against India, England captain Joe Root has said.
Anderson and Broad have been in alternative tests so far this winter, each playing one game in the victory in Sri Lanka and then in the first two games of the Indian Series, with Anderson recently saying he was concerned the duo had played his last test in tandem. .
However, England skipper Root says he plans to pair his two most prolific test bowlers together in the day-to-night clash at Sardar Patel Stadium, suggesting that tourists could enter with an additional paceman.
Root is also hoping that “world-class” Jofra Archer will return to contention after the paceman missed the second test in Chennai – which India won by 317 points to level the series – with an elbow injury.
“You’d be wrong to ever erase those two who do anything with their records and what they produced,” Root said.
“I’m sure there will be opportunities where they can play together in the near future and much later as well.
“They are among the top three bowlers in the world because they are constantly improving and using their experience to their advantage all the time. You talk about two of the greatest bowlers in England and I think there is a lot of life left. . in both.
“They are constantly questioning themselves and have been instrumental in building a good group of fast bowlers lately, because of the example they set and the way they speak to these young players. . “
On Archer, Root added: “It’s great to see him bowling again. He adds to what is a very strong bowling group and is a big part of who we are and English cricket moving forward.
“He’s a world class performer and has all the skills – he can play at a high pace, swing it back and forth and get it talking too. It would be very exciting to see him come back and things like that.
“I hope he’s fit and ready for selection. Along with all the other guys, it’s an exciting place – having a battery of bowlers to choose from is where we want to be.”
The returns of batsmen Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow, who missed the first two tests in Chennai due to injuries and rest respectively, have given England a positive “headache”, according to Root.
Opener Rory Burns, who is averaging less than 10 in his last five tests, could be in danger of losing his spot if England choose to recall one or both of Crawley and Bairstow.
Root added: “It’s a big headache to have with [Crawley and Bairstow] back in the fold and available for selection.
“We have some tough decisions to make, but these are headaches that we didn’t have about a year ago, which is a testament to the hard work these guys have put in.
“It was a tricky tour for our hitters. The conditions were very alien and a lot of learning happened and I think the guys responded well to that.
“They’re trying to develop all the time, to keep improving and adding to what are some really good games that have been successful in the testing arena so far.
“Of course we are here to win, but if you are trying to build a team over a long period of time you have to keep looking to improve yourself and add things all the time and what the group has shown in that regard has was exceptional. “
Follow the text commentary for the third day-night test between India and England on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app from 8:30 am Wednesday.