By Amitava Mukherjee
In a significant development for 2nd test , England will lose the services of Jofra Archer due to injury in his right arm . He has reportedly taken injections on his elbow. Jofra who bowled in short sharp spells was impressive in the 1st test picking up important wickets .
The above development in the English camp will force them to reboot their plans. It was almost certain that they were going to rest 39 year old veteran James Anderson from the 2nd test so that he is fresh and raring to go in the 3rd test under lights where his skills is expected to come into play. Anderson , who bowled brilliantly in 2nd innings of 1st test with deadly reverse swing may well find himself playing the 2nd test unless England punt with their inexperienced reserve fast bowler Ollie Stone who can bowl with good pace. Earlier England had sent back Mark Wood after the Srilanka series , who would have been a like for like replacement of Jofra Archer with his raw pace.
This means that England may have to field both Broad and Anderson together in hot Chennai weather which may affect their chances to be fresh for the pink ball test where they are both expected to play together. In recent years the England management has been very particular in managing the workload of two of their most successful fast bowlers in their history who have 1100 plus test wickets between them.
The batting of England is largely expected to be same as in first test unless Zak Crawley is fit and ready to open which which case Burns may bat three and Lawrence may have to sit out . Most of the English batters need to make good their starts as their had been too many 20s and 30s in the first test where Root’s massive scores largely bailed them out.
A win in this test will hugely boost England’s chances to qualify for the World test championships and give them an unassailable lead in the four test series . A loss on the other hand can rejuvenate their opponents in which case there will be a major momentum shift favouring the hosts. Hence England will need to guard against any slip ups in the all important 2nd test.