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Rest & Rotation Policy: A New English Formula Destroys Test Cricket:

England had won just Four Tests in 2021; Two in Galle, one in Chennai & Leeds.

Handshakes in the New Zealand dressing room when a late dab let the ball rolling in the third man fence as the Kiwis have achieved something since 1999, 22years from now, i.e., winning a test series against an English side on their home turf whereas a reluctant Root and his lads made a long walk to the room after getting thrashed by a home-series loss for the first time in 7-years.

It has been a very difficult time for the England side in the longest format of the game. The year 2021 is going to be the biggest & probably the longest in an English calendar with 17-tests including away series in the Sub-continent of India and Sri Lanka, their own summer, ICC T20 World Cup and then an away Ashes. This is the time when the selectors and the coach will have to make a look at the players of being cooked up playing so much cricket; and after all those series, they had counties, blast games and also most importantly the big IPL-deals.

A New Formula in England Cricket:

The new “Rest & Rotate Policy” by National selector Ed Smith and his panel held in the previous year claims out that they are going to rest the players at a certain point just to fresh him up mentally and physically from different bio-bubble fatigues. “We are being pragmatic.” Stated Smith. “We want to have a selection policy which is adapting to the world we live in today, which is [bio-secure] bubbles [and] which is an incredibly congested fixture list.”

Now, just like the two-edgy sword, it could help you or may destroy all your process because as of I know, Test Cricket expects the best ones with immense consistency and if you are lagging any kind of the critical technique at any point, you are to going to expose; specially in these modern eras with the availability of the videos and analyses.

When England declared their squad for the tour to Sri-Lanka they decided to rest their multi-format player Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, who was suffering with a finger-injury since the South-Africa tour. Skipper Joe Root almost single-handedly carried them in the tour with help from Jonny Bairstow a bit. Now, after the conclusion of the series, ECB announced of sending Bairstow back to the cold weather of England instead of the normal circumstances in Chennai and will get him back to Ahmedabad for the last two test matches.

Strange Decisions in Test Cricket:

Meanwhile, another wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler will play the first game and would head back to his home before coming back for the white-ball series.

It sounds a bit tricky; why do you want your best players remain unavailable for the Test series against World’s number one team, India and that too in their home conditions. Well, Sibley century and Root’s double hundred helped the Three Lions getting a win in the first Chennai Test. When they lost the next one and then another one, the questions started to raise against the selectors. Former English batsman Michael Vaughan tweeted about how can Bairstow go back to home after Sri-Lanka. He also went on question whether England did the same if they would catch the plane to Brisbane? “But the issue is when you rotate.” Wrote Ex-English captain Nasser Hussain in his column for the Daily Mail. “And, as I have said before, this wouldn’t have been the time to rotate for me.”

In the last test of the iconic series, we observed Rishabh Pant smashing the English bowlers all around the park with a scoop to the World’s greatest test Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson over the third man area whereas someone of the same caliber in the opponent team Jos Butler was keeping his feet up resting in the hotel besides because of the limited over series and the upcoming franchise cricket. “Every decision you make as a player repercussion down the line.” Hussain added in the article. “They do have to take responsibility for their decisions.”

After winning the first test, they had been hammered by the home side by 3-1. The resting players moved to their respective teams in the IPL and with New Zealand due to come in England before the World Test Championship for a 2-test series, English coach Silverwood spelled out about not including IPL boys in the summer’s opening test series.

Keeping IPL Over Test Cricket:

It was a long story back where we used to live in a planet where English board always called their lads back for the summer to kick off keeping their IPL commitments in the mid-way and there we are, England are compromising their test summer because of the same tournament and that too against the test Championship finalists.

Now, with the league being postponed midway due to the spread of the COVID-19, the English players flied back home but remained in their quarantine. The board decided to go with some new faces rather than playing the IPL boys. On the other hand, the Kiwis went straightaway got the players back in the field which wasn’t decided before by them too. Vaughan writing in his column has spoken that Trent Boult, who was with his family during the first test, had flown back for around 18500kms to play the second test whereas Woakes who lived just about 10kms from the ground couldn’t make it to the eleven.

The Future can be Damaged:

England after saving themselves in the Lord’s test thanks to the rain just got exposed by the Blackcaps bowlers in Headingly losing the test series badly. Yes, I understand that you want you players in full mood but that obviously not in the way of losing test series at Home. None of the English players except Rory Burns who scored a hundred to get his name on the honors board, looked comfortable. “Plan for the future.” Advised Hussain. “But at the same time, make sure you pick the best team for the game in front of you”

They are going for the Iconic Australia tour before which they will be playing the ICC T-20 World Cup. England has a great chance to win the trophy but for that they need their best of the business altogether but than they have to remember about the player’s health too for the big Ashes.

What will they do? Time will paint the right and bright picture.

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