Former Indian left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra predicted the playing XI squad for the visiting Team England ahead of the third Test match at the Motera Stadium. India’s former cricketer included England’s pace battery Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the pink-ball Test while mentioning his predicted XI.
Keeping in mind the extra green cover laden at the Motera pitch, Nehra included their prime pacers that would come in handy for Joe Root and Co.
Jorfra Archer and James Anderson were instrumental during the first Test in Chennai, where the visitors won. The duo was rested during the second Test, and Stuart Broad featured; however, he went wicketless.
‘England doesn’t have any shortage of pacers,’ says Ashish Nehra
Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Nehra said, “When we talk about pacers, England doesn’t have any shortage of pacers; Joe Root will have to charge them on the ground. For example, in the second Test in Chennai, experienced bowler Stuart Broad wasn’t seen in his best form, he didn’t even play the first Test match. In the second innings, his form was back but he got the ball very late in the game.
“Jofra Archer is very talented; I believe among all the young talented bowlers we have seen in the past 2-3 years — Jofra Archer is number one. In the form Jofra Archer is in, especially if he’s in form and fit, it will benefit the England team.
“About Jamie Anderson, I don’t need to say much about his talent. Joe Root will be in a fix as to which three bowlers he should go ahead with or should he pick two bowlers, he will also have to analyse the pitch. Even if India sees a similar wicket like Chennai, England still has a strong line-up the way Stuart Broad bowls leg-cutters and bowls wicket to wicket; Jofra Archer bowls pace and bounce, Jimmy Anderson has experience with his swing and reverse swing. England has everything in their armoury,” he added.
The four-match Test series now stand 1-1, and the third and the fourth Test are yet to be played. The third Test’s action will commence from February 24 and would be played with the pink ball.