Fast bowler Stuart Broad is likely to miss the third test against India at Mohali due to a foot injury. Broad underwent a scan on Friday in Visakhapatnam at the end of second day’s play. Reports are awaited but irrespective of the extent of injury Broad will be rested.
“It takes a very heavy toll on the body bowling fast in these conditions and it makes total sense to rotate our quick bowlers with five Tests coming in such quick succession” one England source said.
Fast bowler Chris Woakes was rested for Vishakhapatnam test while James Anderson missed the first test at Rajkot failing to recover from a shoulder injury. Fast bowler Steve Finn is waiting in the wings who hasn’t got a game yet.
In the 2 tests so far, Broad has been pretty decent with the ball picking 4 wickets. He was unexpectedly rested against Bangladesh in Dhaka, a test that England lost. Earlier on the tour in Rajkot, he played his 100th test, thereby becoming third English quick to do so after Sir Ian Botham and his good mate James Anderson.
India are dominating the proceedings in Vizag ending on 98/3 on Day 3 with the lead of close to 300 already with 2 more days to go. England bowlers need to step up on Day 4 and bowl out India before the lead is 400 to give themselves a glimmer of hope. It won’t be easy on a turning pitch against the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja.
After Vizag teams move to Mohali to play the third test where the pitch is usually grassy and is conducive for fast bowlers. The 4th test will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where England have good memories, beating India in 2006 and 2012 and also chasing down 230 against South Africa in T20 World Cup earlier in the year. The 5-match long series will end in Chennai where India chased down mammoth 387 against England back in 2008.
England go back home for Christmas break and come back in January to play 3 ODIS and 3 T20Is.