Nasser Hussain on whether England should rethink call to rest Jonny Bairstow for first two India Tests


1:39 Nasser Hussain says that James Anderson is getting better as he gets older after the 38-year-old took his 30th five-wicket haul in Tests

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I might have separated them but seeing them bowl as they have, you think ‘are you going to leave 600 wickets on the sidelines, 500 wickets on the sidelines?’

Various sides have made the mistake of trying to take on India with spin. Moeen Ali, for example, gets his wickets at 60 apiece in India. Even Shane Warne didn’t bowl India out in India.

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So we are maybe going to leave out Anderson or Broad and play the spinner in Dom Bess. Do you think that is the right thing to do?

If your spinner is Graeme Swann, I would say ‘yeah, okay’ but at the moment our seamers are out-bowling our spinners, so shouldn’t we show faith in them?

4:47 Nasser says Anderson and Stuart Broad’s success in Sri Lanka means they should play together for England in India

I would find it very difficult to go up to either Broad or Anderson in the first Test against India in Chennai and say ‘you are not playing but I’m playing Bess’.

England’s seamers got 10 wickets at Galle [in Sri Lanka’s first innings of the second Test] and the spinners didn’t get one, so why are we leaving out one of our great seamers to play a second spinner who we’re not sure of?

2:42 Anderson says he is always looking to improve his game after his six-wicket haul in Galle

Anderson and Broad are learning new skills and are at the top of their game. They are bowling as well as they have ever done so I would probably want them both.

They have had a long rest – they had not bowled since August before the Sri Lanka series so it’s not like we are bowling them into the ground. They don’t play white-ball cricket so there is rest built in for these two.

Sibley and Crawley’s struggles against spin

3:37 Nasser analyses Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley’s struggles against spin and suggests some possible solutions

You have to give them a little bit of leeway, like with England’s spin bowlers, as Crawley has been moved up the order from No 3 to open the batting, while they are both starting against spin.

You never know in Chennia but I think in India with Jasprit Bumrah etc that they will start against seam so they might have 20 before the spinners come on.

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