Ansari and Finn picked for Bangladesh v England 2nd test

by Shivam Sharma / Oct 27, 2016 / 0 comments

Ansari and Finn picked for Bangladesh v England 2nd test

Ansari and Finn for 2nd test

England team will play with three spinners: Adil Rashid, Ansari and Moeen Ali. Broad has been rested for the match, so that the recalled Finn joins Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes in the joint attack. Ansari missed the chance to make his England debut in 2015 after his left thumb fractured, and injured the thumb again in May this year. Off-spinner Batty, 39, featured in his 1st test since 2005 when he was selected for the opening game in Chittagong - setting a new world record after missing England's 142 intervening Tests.

England will play 5 Tests in India after the Bangladesh series, and England captain Alastair Cook has stressed the need for squad rotation this winter. Cook told, "Clearly we had the opportunity to not rotate, but the last thing we wanted was to go to India with too many people who haven't played much cricket. We don't know a huge amount about either Batty or Ansari in terms of Test cricket, we could easily have picked them the other way round but they will get one Test each and that is important. In an ideal world, we would have liked Jake Ball to play too but Chris Woakes needs another run-out." Cook also confirmed that all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson is back bowling indoors in England as he recovers from a shoulder injury but he will not be rushed back.

Anderson has already been ruled out of the 1st Test in India on 9th November 2016 and is a doubt for the second, which starts 8 days later. Ansari said he would prepare for his Test debut by catching up with the final of the Great British Bake Off and believes the helpful conditions in Dhaka will improve his bowling. Ansari told TMS, "Gareth Batty bowled very well in the 1st Test and deserves to keep his place in the side but they want to see their options for India.". We've spoken, he's very comfortable and he will support me. People will be constantly making judgments about my performance but I'm on the tour to India and I've been bowling well in the nets. I see this as the 1st game of many".

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had welcomed Ansari's elevation to the side. Speaking before the line-up was confirmed, Bairstow told BBC Sport: "The pace that he bowls and the control that he has can only be a positive thing for us. The bite that he'll get out of the wicket being a left-arm orthodox bowler - it's a good asset for us.". Bairstow broke the record for the most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year during 1st test, surpassing Zimbabwean Andy Flower's tally of 1,045 in 2000 by taking his current total to 1,091, with six more tests still to play this year.

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