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PremierLeague-News.Com - With the series level at 1-1 with two to play and conditions so hard to predict, Joe Root and Chris Silverwood have some big decisions to make
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! England face a host of selection dilemmas ahead of the third Test against India in Ahmedabad. The fact it’s a day-night match played with a pink ball and possibly on another spinning pitch complicates matters.With the series level at 1-1 with two to play and conditions so hard to predict, captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood have been left with myriad options. The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Here i details the key areas they will have to address…Who makes up the top three?This is a difficult decision in terms of man management for England given they are likely to have to drop two players – Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence. In reality, it should be an easy one. Burns is averaging 24 since the start of last year and just 14.50 in this series. Zak Crawley, fit after recovering from a freak wrist injury sustained before the series when he slipped on marble flooring, should replace Burns and open alongside Dominic Sibley.Jonny Bairstow, rested for the first two Tests after an encouraging return to the team in Sri Lanka, is surely set to come in for Lawrence, whose top score in seven innings since a debut 73 in Galle is 26. Yet uncertainty over the pitch means England are loath to say anything definitive in public on selection.Batting coach Graham Thorpe, responding to what should be the no-brainer of Bairstow’s selection, said: “He is certainly in the mix. All the players are fit so we have a choice to make. We know what Jonny’s credentials are. He’s a good player of spin.
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.”Will England play two spinners?With Moeen Ali having been rested for the final two Tests, it seems likely England will go with one spinner. That would certainly be Jack Leach ahead of Dom Bess, who was so publicly dropped and told to go away and work on his game before the last Test.Conventional thinking dictates seam plays a major role in pink-ball Tests, especially under floodlights. But a pitch that was initially green has since had much of the grass removed, meaning it may end up turning sharply and negate some of the advantage seam might have.Picking one spinner is a risk if conditions end up being similar to the last Test in Chennai but England may think three seamers is still preferable as an abrasive pitch could see reverse swing come into play.If it’s three seamers, does that mean James Anderson and Stuart Broad both get in?Anderson looks set to return after being rested for the second Test (Photo: BCCI)Not necessarily. Speaking on Sunday, Anderson seemed to indicate he felt he would not be reunited with Broad for the first time since last August. Logic also seems to point to Chris Woakes being picked ahead of Broad given that without his all-round qualities England’s tail would start at No 8.Nothing has been decided but the indications point to a seam attack comprising of Anderson, Woakes, all-rounder Ben Stokes and one out-and-out fast bowler.Which quick bowler gets the nod?Mark Wood is back in India after being rested for the first two Tests and Olly Stone did well in the last match after Jofra Archer was ruled out with an elbow injury. Yet with Archer now fully fit, it seems certain he will play this week. “I’m feeling fine,” Archer confirmed on Monday.“I could have played the second Test if needed, but I was going to be rested anyway, so I just tried to get the cortisone injection so I could have enough time to rebuild up to the third Test.”How England could line upDP SibleyZ CrawleyJM BairstowJE Root (C)BA StokesOJD PopeBT Foakes (WK)CR WoakesJC ArcherJM LeachJM Anderson
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