England’s head coach Chris Silverwood on Wednesday said that he will not hesitate to follow ECB’s rotation policy despite the visiting team won the first test match against India.
England’s team defeated India by massive 227 runs in the first test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. James Anderson scalped three major wickets of Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rishabh Pant. In the recently concluded Sri-Lanka tour, England followed the rotation policy & palyed wth Stuart Broad in the first test while James Anderson was selected in the Playing XI for the 2nd test match.
Chris Silverhood said that he is not reluctant to change the winning combination despite of knowing that India will fight back hard.
“I’m not reluctant to change a winning team now if it’s the best thing to do for the players and the team and the longevity of it,” Silverwood said in the virtual press conference shared by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.
“You run the risk of the result being different, you could play the same team and the result would be different because we know India will come back hard.
“We know they’re a very good team and we’ve got the utmost respect for them,” he added.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler is rested for last three test matches & Ben Foakes might get a chance to play on Saturday.
“Ben is looking good and has been training hard and obviously having this opportunity coming his way has given him a great focus over the last couple of weeks,” said Silverwood.
“I don’t see it as weakening, I see it as an opportunity for people to come in and show what they can do as well because last time he was in the subcontinent he was very successful. So I am looking forward to him,” he added.
England winning the opening test match against India in their ICC World Test Championship campaign has kept alive England’s hopes of making to the finals of the ICC WTC Campaign. England’s victory has lifted England to first place with 70.2 percentage points on the table & they have improved their chances of securing one of the three series results in their favor which can help them to get to the finals: 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.
New Zealand has secured a place in the finals of the WTC by winning 70% of their matches while India & Australia still remains in contention for securing another spot along with England giving them strong competition in this race. India and England will now play the second Test from Saturday.