After defeating India in the first Test by a mammoth 227-run margin at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the England players’ confidence will be on “Cloud 9” for the second Test, starting from February 13 at the same venue.
On the eve of the second Test, skipper Joe Root announced a 12-man squad for the game, leaving fans surprised with a few decisions. While the top 6 is the same as the first game, there are some massive changes in the lower half of the line-up.
Ben Foakes will keep the wickets in the absence of Jos Buttler who will not feature in the remaining Tests due to the regulation of the players’ policy of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
So far, Foakes has featured in 5 Tests for the “Three Lions”, scoring 332 runs at an average of 41.5 and strike rate of 53.8. Dom Bess, who had picked four wickets in the first innings, was also dropped to make way for veteran allrounder Moeen Ali.
38-year-old pacer James Anderson has also been rested, with another veteran Stuart Broad replacing him in the playing XI. Also, Jofra Archer has been ruled out due to an elbow injury, with Chris Woakes and Olly Stone will battle it out for the final spot in the playing XI.
England’s 12-man squad for 2nd Test:
Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, and Olly Stone.