New Delhi. The fourth Test between India and England (India vs England, Fourth Test) will be played at the Oval from Thursday. The series is tied at 1-1 and in the last three matches, Team India has not given a chance to Ashwin, the world’s top Test spinner. The England players were also surprised to see Ashwin sitting on the bench. Ahead of the Oval Test, England vice-captain Maine Ali said he was surprised to see Ashwin out for three matches but added that Rabindra Jadeja was talented enough to keep him out of the team. Meenan Ali said that if he had to choose between Ashwin and Jadeja, he would also choose Jadeja.
Before the fourth Test, Maine said, ‘I was a little surprised that Ashwin has not played yet. But I believe that Jadeja is a wonderful cricketer and one of the most beloved cricketers in the world. He said, ‘I always keep Jadeja in my team. I think after winning at Lord’s, India adopted a strategy of going with four fast bowlers and Jadeja did a great job. I am sure that Ashwin’s name will be considered in the next Test.
Ashwin’s decision to play will be taken before the match.
The Oval and Ashwin are likely to play, but Team India bowling coach Bharat Arun also said that it would be decided on Thursday whether the off-spinner would be included in the playing XI. Bharat Arun feared that the England team might change the pitch of the Oval Test considering Ashwin. Meaning the pitch at the Oval helps the spinners but because of Ashwin, he can make this pitch suitable for fast bowlers.
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Meen Ali said the spinners on the pitch will get help
However, England vice-captain Maine Ali believes the spinners are going to get help on the Oval pitch. “I don’t expect a hat-trick again but I hope the pitch will help the spin,” said Maine, who scored a hat-trick at the Oval against South Africa in 2011. This is a good wicket for batting and will help the spinners in the last leg. Returning to the Test squad after two years at Lord’s, Maine does not think his place has been confirmed but says it is an honor to be co-captain. It’s an honor and I’m very excited. ‘
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