Inside Edge Picks: 2nd Test #INDvENG

Welcome to this second test inside edge picks. Today six of the writers pick their XI for the second test of this India versus England series. England are riding high after battering India in Chennai, but with the enforced change of losing Jos Buttler, a different team must be picked.

Lets have a look at who picked who:

Inside Edge Cricket/ David Wyatt-Hupton

Burns, Sibley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Archer, Leach, Broad

I would love to keep Anderson in after his reverse swing antics in the first test, but we can't get carried away. He may appear superhuman, but he's 39 this year and the 3rd test is a day/night encounter where you absolutely want your best swing bowler. Can he play three tests in a row? I'm not sure, so I'm bringing Broad back here who will have a chip on his shoulder.

I like the extra pace of Archer, even if his test batting is non-existent. Leach and Bess are improving and with the pitch expected to turn a little more then I have them in. Lawrence struggled in the first test, but he's young and the talent is there so you give him confidence by sticking with him.

Foakes comes in for Buttler who's headed home, and I can't wait to see him keep, lets hope he's brought some runs with him as well.

Sean Wilson

Burns, Sibley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Archer, Leach, Anderson

The top six stays the same, with Dan Lawrence getting another go at No. 3. Ben Foakes is in for the departing Jos Buttler and will slot straight in at No. 7. The tricky decisions come with the bowling attack. Bess and Leach have shown very promising signs that they can be England’s regular spin pair going forward and will continue here. I’d like to keep Archer in to give the side a genuinely quick option. Although England want to rotate their bowlers and Broad will be itching to play, I don’t see how you can leave Anderson out when he’s bowling like this. India won’t want to face him again!

Rob Rush

Burns, Sibley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Leach, Stone, Broad

Batting for England wasn’t a massive concern, with some exceptions. Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence were not at their best with the bat, making a combined 50 runs between them, whereas Joe Root made nearly 260 runs by himself. Lawrence is batting out of position in this lineup and has only had 3 Test matches and Burns is also coming off a lengthy spell away from the game, so some leeway can be afforded. Only 3 changes for me, 1 enforced which is obviously the wicket keeper with Jos Buttler leaving, so Ben Foakes finally gets his chance behind the stumps. In the bowling unit, I rotate the seamers out ahead of the day/night test, so Jof and Jimmy out, Stone and Broad in. More of the same please England!

Samuel Bruning

Sibley, Burns, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Leach, Broad, Archer

No changes to the top six for me, after a solid outing in the first test with the bat. Ideally, someone other than Root gets the runs, just as hoping he can get four consecutive hundreds is quite the ask. The first change sees Foakes in for Buttler, as Jos is home for a rest. Foakes is a great keeper, and I have no issues here-although I will miss Buttler. Bowling wise, Broad comes in for Anderson. While Jimmy was fab, I want his workload managed, as he absolutely has to play the third test, which is a day-nighter. Archer stays, after a good first test. The same applies to Leach. Bess is an odd one. He bowls some brilliant stuff (see the spell to Kohli in the first innings), and some absolute filth (see the spell to Kohli in the second innings). Hopefully he turns out to be test, not county quality, and can get the consistency going. So, he (just) keeps his spot ahead of Moeen.

All Things Cricket

Burns, Sibley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Woakes, Bess, Broad, Leach

A different XI for me; Anderson must play in the pink ball match so is rested. Jofra looked cooked in the second innings so again, he is rested. I have concerns Foakes may struggle with the bat having hardly batted in the best part of two years and hence I further strengthen the batting with Woakes, who whilst not at his preferred number 7 spot, is an excellent player of spin bowling. His one day returns in recent years show that he doesn't have to rely on lateral movement for wickets and hence he is picked for me. Stuart Broad comes in with his headband to inevitably take a 7fer. Dom Bess is retained for his burgling of Indian top order wicket abilities.

Duke and Kookabura

Burns, Sibley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Archer, Leach, Broad

The win in Chennai is one of our most complete, dominant wins overseas for a very long time and it must be lauded as such. They say it's had to change the winning XI but change it we must so as to preserve our best assets. Jos Buttler is being rotated out for a rest period ahead of a ludicrously busy schedule and I would bring in Ben Foakes who must have a case for being the most hard done by Test cricketer of recent times. Buttler had a relatively quiet game with the bat but his glovework was much improved and augurs well for the future. Bringing in the man of the series from SL in 2018, an excellent gloveman who will be burning with impetus to prove his worth all over again is the obvious answer.

James Anderson is a national treasure and he must be treated with kid gloves - not least because the third Test is under lights where his skills may yet prove match winning - so I would rest Anderson and bring in Broad. Broad will be brimming with competitive spirit and an urge to show what he can do.

Tom Cricthoughts

Burns, Sibley Lawrence, Root (c), Stokes, Pope, Foakes (wk), Bess, Leach, Broad, Stone

What an incredible start to the series. Not many could have predicted that result a week ago. No wholesale changes to the victorious XI, but some are necessary due to the rest and rotation approach England are taking. Buttler for Foakes is the almost certain change as the former returns home to rest. Foakes will likely take his place as the only wicketkeeper in the main squad. For me, Anderson must play the pink-ball 3rd test as he showed just how lethal he could be when the ball was reversing on day 5. Therefore, Broad replaces his usual opening partner. The final change I would make would be to rest Jofra Archer. Archer looked very good in spells but looked slightly lacking pace at times and with India highly likely to come back stronger I look to prevent too many overs being put through his legs. There were encouraging signs in the form of the threatening spell in the first innings and the hostile spell at Ashwin in the second innings. Stone replaces Archer in my XI as an almost like for like change. Stokes may have to pick up a few more overs than he bowled in the first game, but hopefully Stone can show he has overcome the injury issues that have overshadowed his career so far and demonstrate what he is capable of.

The batsmen remain unchanged and considering England made almost 600 in the first innings there are a number still seeking a score to cement their place in England’s first-choice side in Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence. Hopefully they take their chance when the second test begins on Saturday.


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