Hogg picks India’s bowling line-up for the 1st Test versus England
Cricket fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming series between India and England. Both nations will lock horns with each other in the four-match Test series followed by 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The first two Tests are scheduled to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The third and fourth Test will be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. The tour commences on February 5 with the first Test match. Meanwhile, both the teams are gearing up for the Test opener as they already resumed preparations for the series.
Team India need at least 80 points from the upcoming Test series so much so that they can make it to the World Test Championship final at Lord’s in June. They need to win the series by 4-0, 3-0, 3-1, 2-0.
However, England will take this challenge strongly as they will give everything to pose a threat to the hosts. While India retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy recently by beating Australia by 2-1 in the series, England inflicted a 2-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka in Galle.
Brad Hogg reveals his pick
Former Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg picked India’s bowling line-up for the first Test against England. It is certain the visitors will have a tough time playing against left-arm spin. The English batsmen clearly struggled to get going against Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Embuldeniya.
As far as the fast bowling department is concerned, Hogg picked Bumrah, Ishant and Siraj. He also revealed why he picked these three bowlers. “For India, I will have Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Siraj. All three quicks complement each other.
Bumrah – quick, can attack the stumps, can move the ball both ways. Ishant Sharma – slightly higher, a little bit of extra bounce, and Siraj comes from a slightly different angle,” said Brad Hogg.
As far as spin department is concerned, Hogg picked Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel. “The two spinners that I would play will be Ashwin and Patel. Ashwin, well, he is the more experienced player. Patel adds a little bit of variety by turning the ball away from the right-handers. If Hardik Pandya can’t bowl 20 overs, I won’t be playing him instead of Siraj,” he further added.