England have announced their squad for the the pink-ball Test against India in Ahmedabad. Jonny Bairstow, who was rested for the first two Tests have been selected in the squad along with Zak Crawley and Mark Wood. However, in what comes as a surprise to many, they have dropped Moeen Ali from the squad. England suffered a massive defeat by 317 runs in the second Test against India and would look to bounce back in Ahmadabad.
The duo of James Anderson and Jofra Archer, who were not the part of the second Test are also included in the squad. While Anderson was rested for the second Test, Archer was ruled out due to an injury. England desperately need Archer to be fit for the next match as Broad and Olly Stone, who were the lead pacers in the second Test hardly had any impact on the match. The rest of the squad remains the same.
Post the humiliating defeat, English skipper Joe Root accepted that India was the better team and England will have to learn to adapt to the conditions.
“I think credit has to go to India, they outplayed us in all departments. We have to learn from this and find ways to score in these conditions and bowl six balls to one batter. On day one, we could have been tighter and made it harder for them to score freely as they did.”
The England captain, however, looked confident and said that his team would come back hard in the next game.
“We’re 1-1 in the series and there are two important games in the series. We played very well in the first Test, so we’re in the series. India went in with two seamers as well, it’s always easy to see in the flipside of things. The wicket was dramatically different to the first Test match. We have to stay level and understand we have played good cricket in the recent past.”
England squad for the third Test: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.