James Anderson has been included in England’s playing XI for the upcoming second Test against India, scheduled to commence on February 2 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
This decision comes as a change, with Anderson taking the place of Mark Wood. In the previous Test in Hyderabad, Wood bowled 25 overs but couldn’t secure any wickets. The England team aims to bolster its bowling attack with the seasoned campaigner Anderson for the crucial match in the ongoing series against India.
James Anderson Is Back In The Game
Mark Wood, known for his express pace, was the sole pacer in England’s bowling attack during the Hyderabad Test. Despite his pace, Wood faced challenges in securing wickets in both innings. Consequently, James Anderson has taken his place in the bowling lineup for the upcoming match.
James Anderson is on the verge of a historic milestone, needing only 10 more wickets to join the esteemed company of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, both having 700 or more wickets in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, the second Test in Vizag will witness the Test debut of young spin bowler Shoaib Bashir. This opportunity for Bashir comes as Jack Leach has been sidelined due to an injury to his left knee, a revelation made by bowling coach Jeetan Patel, leading to Leach’s exclusion from the Vizag Test, as confirmed by skipper Ben Stokes on Wednesday.
‘”It’s a big shame for us and a big shame for him. It’s something we’re assessing every day but the medical team have taken over on that, so hopefully it’s not something too serious that keeps him out for longer,” Stokes said.
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James Anderson will be playing his 6th Test tour in India tomorrow – The 🐐 of England. pic.twitter.com/LsOcDPaHRz
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 1, 2024
England’s playing XI For Second Test vs India:
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, and James Anderson