Jos Buttler and Jack Leach return to the team for the final match
India vs England 5-match Test series has come to its final match. Fifth and the last match is to be played at Emirates Old Trafford and some interesting and of course, inevitable changes have been made to the team. Jos Buttler and Jack Leach have made a comeback in the 16-man squad of England to face India in the last match.
Buttler could not be a part of the fourth Test due to the birth of his second child. Which and was supposed to be absent from the last Test as well, has made a comeback in the team. Jack Leach also would be playing against India. He was a part of the team for the first two Tests but then he was released to play for Somerset.
Return of both these players would mean some more changes in the team. England must be considering releasing Moeen Ali who cold not do much at the Oval. This could also mean that England is considering playing two spinners at Old Trafford. The weather has been forecasted to be hot and the pitch favours spinners, traditionally. As Jos Buttler has returned to the team, his replacement player Sam Billings has been released which means Buttler is here to stay.
Buttler is not only a terrific batsman but also an amazing wicketkeeper which means the end of the game either for Ollie Pope or Jonny Bairstow.
This decision is going to be a tricky one because both the players have had their good and bad days in this series. Bairstow is averaging at 26.29 though he has played all the Test so far. On the other hand, Pope had replaced Buttler at the Oval Test and had hit 81 in the first innings but failed to do much in the second innings.
Silevrwood agreed that some changes will have to made but he was not going to say anything. He would like to keep his thoughts to himself. He also said that the captain Joe Root and he would have to talk and then a decision would be taken. Jos Buttler and Jack Leach return to the team for the final match.
James Anderson and Ollie Robinson have been two fast bowlers of the team. Though they have been taking most of the load the team seems to have decided to keep it that way. As no other fast bowler has been included to the team. Though Anderson did not look in a great shape by the end of the Oval test. Which must have made Silverwood say that he needed to think whether Anderson should play at his home ground or not.
Silverwood said that he would like to take care of Anderson and whatever decision would be made. Anderson would have a say in that. He also said that Anderson knows his body and he would not like to miss out any cricket. The gap between the fourth and the last match would give them time to think over this issue.
Then there is the question about Mark Wood’s return. Even if Anderson and Robinson both play in the last test, Wood has to return. Silverwood said, “He’s certainly back in contention.” And an abrasive pitch like Old Trafford’s would require reverse swing. Mark Wood would “obviously add that pace” for the English team.
Silverwood also wants his team to learn from the guest team. He said that the way India seized the moment on the final day by taking three wickets in the first half an hour after lunch was phenomenal. “We have got to recognize situations.”, said England’s head coach which seems about right.
But only recognizing situations would not be enough. Managing those situations plays even greater role. Bumrah’s spell is still dominating English team and they are still blown away by that magic. The fourth match truly showed why the Indian team is the NO.1 team today, said Silverwood. Even if they get half an opportunity, they dare to push the door wide open and grab what belongs to them. He said after the fourth match, “They were certainly impressive today.”