Cricket: England Still Undecided On Bowling Line-up Ahead Of First Test

GALLE, Sri Lanka: Moist climate and the potential for a extra seamer pleasant wicket means England are in no rush to call their bowling assault for the primary take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka beginning in Galle on Thursday, captain Joe Root mentioned.

Lower than 24 hours earlier than the beginning of the two-match sequence, Root mentioned they have been nonetheless undecided on who will play, and advised seam might play an even bigger function on what’s historically a pitch that takes loads of flip.

“There was numerous rain over the previous few days so we wish to be sure we’re clear on the beginning 11, and ensure we’ve got one of the best instruments for these situations and the floor,” Root advised reporters on Wednesday.

“All through the winter (take a look at excursions to Sri Lanka and India) we’ll exploit tempo as a tactic in these situations, whether or not it’s reverse swing or a extra hostile spell of bowling. It may be very efficient.

“With the climate round, seam may play an even bigger half than has been spoken about beforehand.”

Sri Lanka battled in opposition to real tempo on their current tour of South Africa with two heavy take a look at defeats, although these have been on wickets that had loads of seam motion and bounce.

England are nonetheless in rivalry for a spot within the remaining of the ICC’s Check Championship at Lords in June, however will doubtless should win this sequence in addition to their four-game tour of India to get there.

“We have now to have a look at what is true in entrance of us, take a look at this primary recreation and get a outcome,” Root mentioned.

“It’s a cliché, however one step at a time. It’s thrilling that there’s nonetheless a possibility for us to get to the Check Championship remaining although.”


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