India in England 2014 July 3, 2014

Whitaker expects bowler rotation

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James Whitaker has hinted that rotation of England's attack will be a feature of the compressed, five-Test series against India, even if the bowlers themselves are not fans. Whitaker, the national selector, on Wednesday unveiled a 13-man squad for the first Test, which featured six seam-bowling options.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett played the two back-to-back Tests against Sri Lanka and Peter Moores conceded afterwards that their workloads would be monitored. Broad said he was not in favour of the idea at the series launch - "If we bowl them out cheaply we can keep playing," was his alternative - but Whitaker said he expected Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, the other seamers in the squad, to be involved at some point over the seven weeks.

Woakes was the unused man during the Sri Lanka series, while Stokes played four Tests against Australia, picking up 15 wickets along with the only century by an England batsman during the Ashes.

"We have got five Test matches in a very short space of time and one of the reasons to include six seamers there is that we believe at some stage they're all going to play," Whitaker said. "At the start of the series, while they're talking about the Indians and strategy and tactics, it makes sense to include that group so they get the first-hand knowledge straight away.

"We would like to think that the four who get picked on the day play brilliantly well and stay fantastically fit and the world's perfect, but realistically we need a group."

Stokes is thought most likely to compete with Jordan for a place at Trent Bridge, after Plunkett took nine wickets in the defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley. Although Anderson was named England's Man of the Series for his 12 wickets, he and Broad, who was rested during the first few weeks of the season to manage his chronic knee problem, were asked to bowl long spells and appeared below their best as the game ran away from England in Sri Lanka's second innings.

Whitaker, however, said both would be fine to begin the India series at full throttle. "We know they are 100 per cent fit, they have been passed off fit by the medical team to be included, but they did just play back-to-back Tests and there will be fatigue that builds up," he said.

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  • Praveen on July 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    LOL.. Pakistan ranked number 4 and the fans claim it as the only good asian side who ranks 4 wihtout playing at home. How about playing 95% of the matches at your 2nd home UAE. there is a reason some teams classify tests as Home and Away. You need to learn what an Away category actually means.

  • Neil on July 7, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Woakes is a wo-eful selection. He can't even cut it in the short form of the game at international level, and bowling line and lengthy to good batsmen for over upon over seems way beyond his ability.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    There will be a bowling rotation in India too, I think all 6 will play at some part of series: bhuvi, shami & probably ishant will start in 1st test but we will see binny pankaj ishwar aaron soon with the progress of series. difficult for India to win a series this time but if our batsmen can perform well, we will have world's best batting line in future

  • Jeff on July 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    And yet again they still dont pick the 2nd best seamer in the country in Onions...

  • Android on July 5, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    I don't think there's anyone questioning India's batting strength here, They just have their opinion on our bowling but there's absolutely no doubt if these bowlers bowl well then India's winning this series.. Cz England bowlers are good but they get into their shell way too quickly when they are attacked by opposition batsmen.. And Cook do helps in that by setting defensive fields too early.. Dhoni said in PC before going to England that he's gonna be aggressive but he didn't said if he was going to be aggressive when he's batting or on the field.. I hope he would be aggressive in both.. If he does that then no one can stop India from creating history on English soil.. Both teams need to play good cricket, It really is THE BIG TEST..

  • Android on July 5, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    @Mervo- I never said Australia isn't a good team but they did got beat in India by 4-0..The worst defeat for them in over 40 years.. Yes, They did extremely well to beat England by 5-0, That's a phenomenal achievement and they beaten SA in SA too..I am not questioning their no. 1 rank, They totally deserve it cz they played really good cricket after that drubbing they received from India..Maybe It's time for India to rise up too..

  • Merv on July 4, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Arun Bose - good points, but you could add that Australia are now ranked number 1 and also white washed India 3-0 here and England 5-0. I hope that India does well in England. I sense that this is their best opportunity for some time as England are not a strong side-even at home now. India have some excellent batsmen now but pace bowling is their obvious weakness.

  • Abhishek on July 4, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    there is some one from south africa said something let me remember you so called best test team ( sa) still finding single test series victory now tell mee hos comment are hilarious did not read that dont throw stone when while you are in crystal house something something

  • John on July 4, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @FFLNAH: Nice to see you here. I can't resist pointing out that after you said that Root was not good enough and I said he would make you eat your words before too long, he scored a double century in his next innings. How does that crow taste?

    As for dropping Anderson and Broad, you might be half right. Anderson is still bowling very well, but Broad didn't look 100% fit to me in the SL series. His pace was well down and he wasn't getting much nip off the pitch. I think England might be better off with Anderson, Jordan, Plunkett and Stokes as the seamers. Stokes' batting is a plus, too. However, if Broad is fit, he's a very good bowler.

    @CodandChips: the problem with your Stokes and Woakes side is that you left out Bell. That isn't going to (and shouldn't) happen. Besides, 5 seamers is just too many. If you included Stokes and Woakes, who from all accounts has added some pace this year, and dropped Broad and Jordan, I'd have less problems with that.

  • Cricinfouser on July 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @Charlie101 - Panesar's off field behaviour and past test record are irrelevant. He may still be a good bowler but 23 wickets in 9 D2 matches this season doesn't suggest that he is at the moment.

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