IND vs ENG / Jonny Bairstow should be dropped from Ranchi Test - advice of former English captain

Zoom News : Feb 22, 2024, 06:00 AM
IND vs ENG: England started the 5-match Test series against India in a very good manner and won the first match. However, after this the team had to face one-sided defeat in both the next matches. In such a situation, the test match to be played on Ranchi ground is being considered very important for the English team. So far in this Test series, Jonny Bairstow's performance with the bat has been very poor, after which former England player and captain Alastair Cook has advised to keep him out of the playing 11 for the fourth Test.

Lawrence should be given a chance in place of Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow has scored runs at a poor average of 17 in this Test series so far, in which in the 6 innings of three matches, he has returned to the pavilion once at zero and apart from this he has scored only 4, 25, 26, 37 and 10 runs. Have succeeded in making. Regarding this, Alastair Cook said in a statement given to TNT Sport that keeping in mind the interest of the player, I am advising him to drop him because I feel that this tour of India has been very difficult for him so far. Alastair Cook further said in his statement that I do not mean at all that you should not give Bairstow a chance to play Test cricket in the future, but in this situation, you should give a chance to a player who has not played a single match till now. Because when you are not able to score runs, the bowler is able to put pressure on you and that is why I think Dan Lawrence should be given a chance in the Ranchi Test match.

Michael Atherton advised to feed Bairstow

Contrary to Alastair Cook's statement, another former England captain Michael Atherton has advised to play Jonny Bairstow in the Ranchi Test match. Atherton said in a statement to Sky Sports that I think Bairstow is a very important player from the point of view of this series and I do not think that in such a situation the team will consider dropping him. Let us tell you that till now in this Test series, apart from Jonny Bairstow, the poor form of Joe Root has also been a big concern for the England team, both these players have not been able to play even a single half-century innings.