New Delhi. Will off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin play in the Oval Test against England (IND vs ENG Oval Test)? This is the biggest question right now. Ashwin did not get a chance to play in the first match of the current Test series. But former England captain Nasser Hussain believes it is time to make the necessary changes to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s play-11 for the fourth Test at the Oval. After an innings-and-run defeat to hosts England in the Leeds Test, Hossain believes Ashwin can bring Team India back into the series.
Hussein wrote in his column for the British newspaper Daily Mail that Team India has an off-spinner who is ranked second in the world. Ashwin has also scored five Test centuries as a batsman. He should have played against five left-handers at Headingley in England and he should have been given a chance at the Oval.
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The former England captain further said that another batsman should be included in the top-6 in India’s Oval Test and Shav Pant will be fed at No. 7. He said the solution to the current situation is that Ashwin should replace a fast bowler. He is also likely to replace Ishant Sharma. Ishant has been seen fighting in Leeds. In this case, Ashwin could be part of a more balanced 11 with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Because with Ashwin-Jadeja in the team, the batting will be deeper. However, it will depend on Jadeja’s recovery from a knee injury.
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Ashwin took 7 wickets at The Oval
Ashwin last played against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. In that match, he took 4 wickets while bowling well. Playing in Surrey in July, the Oval itself took 7 wickets against Somerset. He has not played any more matches since then. He had to sit in all the three Tests of the series. Because Kolhi and the team management have decided to go for a combination of 4 pacers and one spinner.
Ashwin is not fit for the team’s plan. However, the pitch at the Oval has always been helpful to spinners. It is one of the slowest pitches in England. In such a situation, Ashwin can prove to be effective on this pitch.
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