#insideedgepicks - England team for 2nd Test V Sri Lanka

Inside Edge picks has returned for another instalment, ahead of the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and England. England wrapped up a fairly comfortable win in the first game, led by Joe Root's superb 228 in the first innings, backed up by a promising 73 on debut from Dan Lawrence and 5fers for the spin duo of Dom Bess and Jack Leach. With a packed Test schedule ahead, do our writers rotate the bowling unit or opt to keep the winning formula together? Have a read below and, as always, let us know what YOU think over on Twitter - @InsideEdgeCrick.


AllThingsCricket (@things_cricket)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Woakes

Leach

Bess

Broad

Parkinson


Line up picks itself. Batting line up unchanged. Buttler did well with the gloves so keeps them. Broad is too good not to play if fit. Woakes is a superior player of spin to Curran, so gets the nod for the second seamer. Given the lack of lateral movement, I've gone with a third spinner. By rights Parkinson should have a cap by now and he's my pick.


David (@DWyattHupton, @InsideEdgeCrick)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Foakes

Woakes

Bess

Stone

Leach

Anderson


Just a little rotation with the bowlers for me. Give Broad, Curran and Wood a few days off and bring in Woakes, Stone and Anderson. There aren't a load of options with the batsmen, I don't think Bairstow should be there but he played well in the first test and he plays spin well so I'd have him in for the 2nd test, however as soon as we head anywhere with pace he's the first man out. I thought about dropping a seamer and adding Foakes and Buttler in to the lineup but chickened out at the last minute. I have Foakes in there over Buttler purely because I'm always in favour of playing your best gloveman in the sub-continent, nothing more and nothing less. Buttler has played well recently, but I'm stubborn when it comes to

this.


Cricket Thoughts (@cricthoughts)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Woakes

Bess

Leach

Stone

Anderson


Pretty similar to my selections for the last match with the exception of rotating the pacers. Stone will replace Wood who looked quick but not exceptionally dangerous. Anderson to replace Broad as the second test quickly follows the first. I want to play Foakes as I mentioned before as I still have fears for England’s batting depth, which almost proved costly in the second innings. However, if I want my team to be more realistic it would make sense to pick Woakes in place of Curran. It may be that Woakes is not quite up to speed yet having missed training time due to his quarantine period, so they may well stick with Curran. I wasn’t overly impressed by him though as the wickets he picked up were with very ordinary deliveries and predominantly caused by batsman error.


Samuel Bruning (@SamuelBruning)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Curran

Bess

Leach

Anderson

Stone


Well, that went rather well didn't it? I thought we had a sniff in this series, but a combination of poor Sri Lankan batting, and a Root masterclass have got us off to a good start to 2021. And so, given the intensity of tests England play this year, rotation is the main aim for my XI for the second test. The top 7 is unchanged, partially due to a lack of back-up, and partially because I'm not a fan of chopping and changing batting orders. It's also fairly obvious, in my view, that Broad makes way for Anderson, with Stone getting Wood's place, as the quicks are rotated. The difficult bit was the spin attack. Both Bess and Leach are very good when they put an over in the same spot - the issue is they rarely do this. However, given the tour of India that follows, and the inexperience of the back-up options, I stick with this pair, so just the two changes for me.


Sean Wilson (@WilsonFC2012)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Curran

Bess

Wood

Leach

Anderson


The top six should and will stay the same, barring any late injuries. Despite Chris Woakes being available, I would stick with Sam Curran as he looked very useful in the second innings of the first Test and offers a good attacking option at No. 7. I’d also like to see James Anderson come in for Stuart Broad – this would be a rotation decision as England need to keep Broad fresh and injury-free in what is going to be an extremely busy year. The legendary Anderson is about as reliable as they come and will offer similar control. Although he was not at his best in the first Test, Mark Wood should continue so that he can find some rhythm – his pace will be key to England’s chances on flat pitches this year.


Rob Rush (@RobRush02)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Woakes

Bess

Leach

Stone

Anderson


Not a lot to say here, batting lineup has no viable replacements, so Sibley and Crawley get another chance to redeem themselves for shocking performances with the bat. Buttler had arguably his best keeping performance, thus retains the gloves. For the bowlers, the spin duo remains as, quite frankly, Moeen Ali doesn't deserve to be anywhere near this team in my opinion. In the seam department, it's rotation time. With a hectic Test schedule this year, it makes sense to rotate where possible to avoid fatigue and potential injuries, so Woakes, Anderson and the pace rocket Olly Stone come in for Curran, Broad and Wood respectively.


Duke and Kookaburra (@d_ktalkballs)

Sibley

Crawley

Bairstow

Root

Lawrence

Buttler

Woakes

Bess

Leach

Stone

Anderson


The top six stays the same for me, after an excellent win if it ain't broke don't fix it. The openers will need to adapt but they need every chance to do so. The spinners both improved as the first Test wore on, sharing 14 wickets and I would retain both. With one eye on workload, I would rotate the senior men, fast man and allrounder with Anderson, Woakes (if fit) and Stone for Broad, Curran and Wood. Broad was excellent and Wood was a touch unlucky but a long winter means we must look after our prized assets.


There are the teams chosen by the writers. Who do you agree with the most? Who would YOU have chosen for the second Test? Let us know on Twitter using our handles or @InsideEdgeCrick



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