Report: Chris Woakes flew back home from India Test tour
All-rounder Chris Woakes won’t be accessible for choice in the playing XI for the fourth and last Test among England and India as he has left the visit for his pre-planned break. Woakes was named in England squad for South Africa, Sri Lanka and India series yet wasn’t picked in the playing XI in any of the visits. Jos Buttler played the first Test and afterward he was back while all-rounder Moeen Ali did likewise in thewake of playing the second game.
On Thursday, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Woakes left England’s bio-secure bubble.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow was rested for the initial two Tests while head pacer James Anderson missed the second match even after England emerged victorious in the opening match.
This is important for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rotation policy. Also, presently Woakes has gotten back to be with his wife and two young daughters.
India beat England by 10 wickets in the third Test within two days. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that didn’t divert and slipped through from the spinners.
On Friday, England head coach Silverwood in a virtual press conference, “First and foremost, it’s just a follow-up from what Joe Root said yesterday. He got 5 for 8 yesterday but at the same time, whatever the pitch did or it didn’t do, India ultimately played better than us on that ground, probably they pushed us to the extremes which our players haven’t experienced before.”
To ahead of Australia who are in third place with 69.2 percentage points, India need to avoid defeat in the last Test and fix meeting with New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.