Playing Test matches against India is bigger than the Ashes: Ian Bell
After the first Test debacle at the hands of England in Chennai, Team India bounced back really well in the second Test in the same venue. While the visitors won the first Test by 227 runs, the hosts won the second Test by 317 runs to level the series. The third Test match between the two giants was held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Team India won the pink-ball affair by 10 wickets and took a lead in the ongoing Test series by 2-1. Axar Patel bowled incredibly well from the word go. Playing the game in front of his hometown, Axar took 6 wickets in the first innings and then he followed it up with another yet five-wicket haul.
Meanwhile, England’s terrible loss in the last two Tests pulled them out of the race for the ICC World Test Championship final. Former England cricketers slammed a scathing attack on the team management and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their players’ rotation policy.
According to the rotation policy, England rested their key players namely Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali for the Indian series. Meanwhile, former England cricketer Ian Bell has lashed out at ECB adding that Team India would have never rotated their main players if they were touring England.
“India are going to come to England in the summer. If they are 2-0 up or 1-0 up, will they rotate? I don’t think they will. These tours, Englishmen going to Australia or India, they are the pinnacle….if you win in those conditions, they are remembered for a long long time. And I know for a fact when India come to England and if they go up 1-0, they would not be rotating their best bowlers or leaving somebody out, they want to win,” Bell told ESPN Cricinfo.
This is bigger than the Ashes: Ian Bell
Continuing the interaction, the former England cricketer felt that Joe Root & Co are risking the ongoing Test series against Team India thinking about the Ashes series against Australia. According to Ian Bell, England should be aware of that India is far bigger than any Ashes series. Last but not least, the former right-handed batsman said it shouldn’t interrupt the winning combination by thinking more about future tours.
“Form comes in and out as a player. When you are playing well, don’t lose it, don’t change it. Winning combinations are so important to keep against the best teams in the world and I think England have been thinking too far ahead to have a squad for the Ashes.
This is bigger than the Ashes. This is possibly as big as the Ashes. Why are we rotating in one of the biggest series we can play in. For me, I think that’s where we have got it a little bit wrong,” he signed off.