Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt believes India should play two spinners against England in the Trial of the Lord. He noted that while the uneven bounce at the venue will help faster men, Lord’s has traditionally assisted spinners as well.
With pacemaker Shardul Thakur reportedly suffering a hamstring injury, India could be forced to make a change from the XI who played in Nottingham.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt opined that playing a quality spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin on a responsive surface at Lord’s would be a sensible move. He explained:
“We are hearing that Shardul Thakur is unfit. But even otherwise, if India wants to play two spinners at Lord’s, they can bring Ravichandran Ashwin. There are a lot of uneven bounces at Lord’s on the final day. When the bounce is uneven, even fast bowlers come into play. India has Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who also throws very good gorillas. “
“I have not seen the field. But from my experience in Lord’s matches, two spinners and three pacers will be India’s best combination. Traditionally, spinners have quite a few windows at Lord’s. Yasir Shah had scored 10 when we won a test here. So I definitely feel like two spinners can play. But if India thinks she is comfortable with four pacemakers, she has the option to go with Ishant Sharma, “added Salman Butt.
India chose Ravindra Jadeja as the sole spinner in Nottingham, preferring to play Thakur over Ashwin. The pacemaker impressed by picking up four windows in the Test.
Moeen Ali can score runs, help improve England’s overvaluation at Lord’s: Salman Butt
Speaking about the possible inclusion of the all-rounder Moeen Ali in the team, Butt stated that it would definitely strengthen England’s lineup at Lord’s. In addition, he noted that the inclusion of Moeen will also help England to improve its overvaluation as it is a slow bowler. Both India and England received two WTC points for a slow overshoot in Nottingham.
“Moeen Ali can give England the advantage in batting. He is also a good spinner. He has a very good record against India with the ball in English conditions. Zak Crawley was scoring 25-30 runs. Moeen Ali has the ability to score more than that. Also, both teams have had two points disallowed for speeding, “said Salman Butt.
“So the overpricing is also important. As we approach the WTC final, these points could matter a lot. The spinners will be more effective at Lord’s, so they are likely to do more overs, which can help speed up the game.” Salman added. Extreme.
England and India will meet in the second round at Lord’s starting Thursday. The first test ended in a draw after day 5 was eliminated.