While Nadeem’s replacement will be decided by Friday, it can be expected that all-rounder Axar Patel, who is now fit, will replace him. India was outclassed in the first test which ended on Tuesday.
“Axar has had a slight snag in his knee and has already started hitting nets. He should start bowling in the next few days.
“He has always been the first choice to play the opening test, but that will depend on skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun,” a source told PTI on Wednesday. senior of the BCCI.
Indian captain Virat Kohli made no secret of his disappointment with Nadeem’s performance in the post-match presentation where he said Nadeem and Sundar couldn’t keep up the pressure created by Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Nadeem had four wickets in all, but gave 233 points in 59 rounds over two innings with a saving rate of almost 4 points per touch. And if that wasn’t enough, as a slow bowler a total of nine balls at Test Match level is considered criminal.
Nadeem himself admitted he had issues with the timing of his jump in the crease and needed to sort that out in the nets.
Washington played 26 overs for 98 runs in the opening innings and got a lonely in the second innings.
However, Washington, who was impressive with the bat in the opening innings, will likely retain their place in the XI.
Ashwin injured by short bullet from Archer but is fine
Good news for India fans will be Ravichandran Ashwin is doing well and although he suffered a painful blow from a short ball from Jofra Archer in the second Indian round and needed immediate attention of physio Nitin Patel.
The best Indian bowler in Chennai hasn’t been forced to do any precautionary scans which will certainly be a relief for Kohli as he expects a more user-friendly pitch in the next test starting on Saturday.
1st test: England beats India by 227 points
Chepauk’s new gang could offer a ride from day 1
After one of the flattest sets on offer in the first test in Chennai, the task will be cut for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association rookie curator V Ramesh Kumar and BCCI Grounds and Grounds Committee Head Taposh Chatterjee , to provide a lead that doesn’t make the toss so crucial.
While there was currently a turf cover on one of the adjacent boards, which could be used for the second game, it is certain that there will be a fair share of the turn.
It will be interesting to see, unlike in the first Test where there was liberal watering and a fair amount of turnover, if Ramesh and Chatterjee stop watering the track for the next three days.
If a dry pitch is cooked properly in the sun, there can still be a case of premature breakage.
There is still this school of thought in Indian cricket circles as to why questions are being raised on tracks that offer a bend from day one while in places like Christchurch in New Zealand the gang of 22 meters could not be identified from the outfield.
Ditto for Basin Reserve in Wellington where the ball had been spinning from the first hour.