India in England 2014 July 15, 2014

Stuart Binny set to play again

India's preparations at the nets, coupled with their policy of not dropping a player after just one game, suggest that Stuart Binny could keep his place in the team at Lord's
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Two days before the Lord's Test, there remained a right mystery around the Lord's pitch. It was left uncovered for only a brief while, and looked green, a stark contrast to the sawdust-colour grass on the Trent Bridge pitch.

Mick Hunt, the Lord's groundsman, stayed unavailable for comment. Chris Wood, the ECB pitch liaison officer, was seen in a long conversation with Hunt, but there was no official communication as to how Lord's was reacting to the widespread criticism and frustration Trent Bridge brought.

Intrigue surrounded the pitch as Stuart Broad tweeted it looked similar to two days before the Test against Sri Lanka. The cover over the pitch was not the huge and well-ventilated hovercraft, but an orthodox one, which stayed on surface as opposed to hovering over it, in effect providing a bit of window underneath. A school of thought suggests this was being done to retain some moisture, which would disappear if kept under the hovercraft.

There was little uncertainty around the India camp, though. Stuart Binny's selection - his match-saving fifty on the final notwithstanding - raised a lot of debate, and drew criticism from such experts as Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Martin Crowe. Those knocking Binny down have been of the view that he is much closer to bits-and-pieces than allrounder, that he bowled only 10 overs which was well short of what his primary role was, and that R Ashwin is a better choice if India do indeed want to go with an extra bowler. Those with Binny suggest the pitch at Trent Bridge was not conducive to his kind of bowling, and that he did play an important role with the bat.

Possibly looking at the green grass on the Lord's pitch, or possibly following their policy of not discarding a player based on just one match, India seem set to play the same XI at Lord's. When in the nets, the Indians batted in the same order as before the first Test. The three main quicks got a separate net to finish their batting before they could come to bowl in the main nets. The remaining batting order in the nets remained the same as the first Test, with Binny bowling his bit before coming in to bat at No. 8.

Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir did not do much in the nets, but Ashwin and Rohit Sharma bowled a few overs towards the end of the session.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • android_user on July 16, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Binny is a good choice in England conditions

  • champx on July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @ young_Ind you seem to be hell bent on criticizing only stuart.What has he done expect save India at moment of crisis.What about Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,the people who are supposed to score runs? This is stuart's first test match.I guess if had lost a match and stuart had scored a !00 and taken a couple of wickets you would only blame him.

  • CricketChat on July 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Ind top batting order looks vulnerable. Dhawan is out of form, Kohli is still trying to come to terms with donning the role of SRT, Pujara and Rahane are unable to convert starts. If the ball does anything better than it did in the last match, it is hard to see how Binny, MSD and Jadeja scoring many runs. Ind should look to strengthen their batting because if there is any swing, Kumar and Shami are there to take care of bowling dept.

  • cricfan68190824 on July 16, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I don't understand how people keep saying that Jadeja is better than Ashwin. Granted Ashwin didn't do the job in SA or NZ in the one or 2 test he played but Jadeja didn't do any better. The otherday some guy put a stats for both of them in away series and they are both equally bad but Ashwin has a better batting record. It seems Jadeja played 50 balls in an innings for the first time in the 2nd Innings of the last test. Ashwin is a far better batsman than Jadeja and even in bowling he is defintiely better. If we have Ohja or soembody then we can question why play ashwin over that spinner but there is no comparison with Jadeja

  • Cricinfouser on July 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    pankaj singh should be playing for binny and gambhir for dhawan

  • android_user on July 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    If binny is to play he better be given more than 9 overs yo bowl .He is got into the team as a fifth bowler . With bhuvi and shami showing so much application and even Ishant batting for 52 balls in second inns I would be tempted to get in another seamer and ashwin in place of jadeja and binny Drop djawan for Rohit/Gambhir .If rohit is chosen get Rahane to open and let Rohit bat at 6 .Dhoni to come at 5 .This way we would have batting till 8 atleast with 9 10 able to bat a bit and 5 bowlers .Binny played a match saving inns but the guy just doesnt cut it as a fifth bowler and jadeja cannot be a lead spinner in tests .In odis he can be but not in tests.

  • Rahul_Rabhadiya on July 16, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @young_ind : Okay ignore binny's performance in bangladesh , But we need an effective and productive all rounder like once we had robin singh (who was underestimated for long time ) . Binny has some characteristics like robin singh . & without giving chance how can you say that binny is not international player. We always used to play with 7 batsmen & 4 bowler (though they don't score as they should, bcz they think thy have 7 batsmen :D ) hence our 3 quick bowlers ( not considering spinner As our spinners never take wickets in away tests) takes wickets initially but when they get tired they stop taking wickets (This things happened in Last two test series against SA and NZ where bowlers unable to take wickets of tails) , So we need another bowler who can take wickets So if we get it in form of allrounder than it wud be gr8 for team india. We have given enough chances to rohit sharma, He may replace any batsmen bt not allrounder. We should play atleast one all rounder in test team.

  • young_ind on July 16, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Rahul_Rabhadiya, the bangladesh pitch was a sub standard wicket.Giving credence to such dubious results is absurd. Binny is a two bit bowler, he is not even a genuine bowler.

    @toucheandsuch. look at binny FC record. he is at the level of ashwin.so tell me what the hell he is going to accomplish to prove his doubters wrong.

    don't cite me bangaldesh or that 78.

    In international cricket, a strong batsman is expected to average 40 and a bowler under 31.that's the standard process required to maintain a quality team at this level.

    some posters have even their basics wrongs .this is a not menial office job.This is international sport we are talking about. only in india would we see so many backing a mediocre player

  • young_ind on July 16, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    binny will never be an international success.he has a mighty FC average of 36 with the bat. even if he replicates for internationals, it is not good enough to hold a position in the top 6. and this is coming at the expense of tiwary or rohit who can be developed in the meantime!

    India's strength is batting talent. to see it criminally wasted for a mediocre like stuart is madness to say the least. Dhoni's incompetence at the level of strategy and vision is hurting the team.

    Instead of accepting that the india's pace resources has limitations, he is making destructive moves that is harming our transition.

    No seam allrounder in the world can even provide minor repair to our inability to take 20 wickets in certain conditions. He is wasting everyone's time with sub par strategy and ideas.

    what is mighty stuart supposed to achieve with his two bit batting and bowling abilities? NADA.

  • Rahul_Rabhadiya on July 16, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    If anybody have seen Binny's performance in Bangladesh in cloudy conditions then They would not be arguing whether binny should be there in team or not.. He is good bowler in cloudy conditions where pitch support seam and swing.It was unfortunate in tent bridge where pitch was slow and that's why dhoni has given 10 overs to binny. India dont have any good spinner neither ashwin or jadeja creates threats in oppositions. So it is better, team india goes with 3 fast bowlers , 1 spinner (We have no options rather than ashwin :D. team india should have one genuine spinner who can atleast spin bowl in any conditions) , 1 all rounder That is binny(Not Jadeja because we are not playing in spinning track). Binny has shown in last test that he can bat well actually in better way than jadeja and dhoni. Even he played well in practice match. So rather underestimating him, dhoni should give him chance & dhoni is doing that I think ;D.