Former England cricketer Darren Gough has raised question marks over the team’s rotation policy and said that they should have gone with a full-strength team for the four-Test series against India. He feels Eoin Morgan’s white-ball team is getting preference over Joe Root’s Test side.
England trail by 2-1 in the series with the final game slated between March 4-8. Following their defeat in Ahmedabad, they are also out of contention for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. Gough said Joe Root should be an unhappy man as he hasn’t been allowed to field a full-strength side.
“If I was Joe Root, I’d be livid; I feel for him because I believe one-day cricket has taken a high preference this time, just as he was getting something together with this team. Eoin Morgan has got his preferences over the Test side,” Gough said during an interview with TalkSport.
All-rounder Moeen Ali had returned home as a part of the workload management policy. While Jos Buttler is another player who returned home after the first Test in Chennai, Jonny Bairstow only joined the squad ahead of the third Test. However, both will join the team for the five-match T20I squad.
Given England’s white-ball team is more settled, Darren Gough feels that the visitors should give fringe players a chance in the white-ball format.
“I know we are building towards the T20 World Cup in India, but our main players are settled; they don’t need to play every 50-over or 20-over game. For the T20 series, we should have gone in with some fringe players and seen who was ready to push for that squad,” he added.