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James Anderson likely to be rested for the second Test against India

February 11, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Despite making a match-winning spell against India, fast bowler James Anderson is likely to be rested for the second Test. The pacer was one of the best performers for the visitors in Chennai. Anderson is expected to be replaced by Stuart Broad due to England’s rotation policy. This year, England’s team management is following an unbending rotational policy due to their schedule in the 2021 season. It also includes the Ashes against Australia

James Anderson is unquestionably among the finest bowlers in the world, but being 38 years of age, he needs to be utilized in a heedful manner. The team management often rotates the veteran fast bowler in order to keep him injury-free. Anderson produced a magical spell in the first session on the final day that helped the visitors defeat India by a margin of 227 runs. With this win, the England team takes a 1-0 series lead. James Anderson delivered the knockout blow to the Indian team before the lunch break as he picked up three crucial wickets. The fast bowler gave away only eight runs from seven overs which also included four maidens.

Ben Foakes to replace Jos Buttler in the last three Test matches

James Anderson grabbed five wickets in both innings and looked extremely fit despite the hot and humid conditions in Chennai. He is eager to keep playing but admitted that players need to rest to stay fit and injury-free. The visitors are likely to make one more change to their playing XI for the second Test. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler will be taking a pre-arranged break, and Ben Foakes will come in the squad as his replacement. Ben Foakes will feature as a wicket-keeper in the last three Test matches for England. Foakes was named Player of the Series when England won 3-0 in Sri Lanka in the year 2018. The wicket-keeper batsman accumulated 277 runs including a century on debut in Galle.

The England team will be playing in front of the crowd for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The officials have allowed up to 15,000 fans a day into the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Both India and England are set to play their second Test match on Saturday. After the match, both teams will head to Ahmedabad for the remaining two matches.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth