England have employed a rotation policy in Tests to avoid player burnout cases due to tough times amid COVID-19. Accordingly, they have rested their ace pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad turn by turn even as the other players have got rest from time to time. Anderson and Broad have played together so much but they hardly bowl in tandem nowadays due to emergence of young pacers and workload management.
The Joe Root-led side is set to play the third Test of the four-match series under lights in Ahmedabad against India from February 24. As the Pink ball swings a lot especially in the evening session, there is a chance that both teams might field their main pacers. Anderson looks set to return after being rested in the previous Test.
However, it is still uncertain whether Broad keeps his place after a poor outing in Chennai in the second Test. James Anderson is certainly missing his bowling partner and is also of the opinion that they might not play together in a Test anymore.
“I love bowling with Stuart but It has definitely crossed our minds [that they have played their last Test together]. I just hope there will be times in a crucial match when they will need our experience. All we can do is try to stay in the best shape possible and if we do get the nod together next summer or in the back end of the year do our best for the team,” said Anderson while speaking ahead of the Test.
With Jofra Archer also fit, there is every chance that England back him and Anderson to take the new ball in Ahmedabad with Broad being benched.