Aakash Chopra opens up on the changes in the England squad
By SMCS - Aug 21, 2021 12:09 pm
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Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has shared that the recent England team lack quality, especially in their batting attack as well. They have announced their team for the third Test against India at Headingley. Notably, Dawid Malan and Saqib Mahmood have been named in place of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley.


While speaking about the England squad in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that the batsmen except Joe Root are just increasing the numbers as they are not in form and failing miserably.

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He elaborated: “There are so many options but this English team is more about quantity, not about quality. The quality is there in just one player, among the batsmen, and he is Joe Root. The rest of them in Test-match cricket, they are just adding up the numbers at this point in time against India’s fantastic bowling attack. This is the reality, hate it or like it. The job this bowling attack has done, the opposition team has fallen slightly on their knees in the batting department definitely.”

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While speaking about the inclusion of Mahmood, Aakash Chopra explained: “Sibley and Crawley, both have been dropped. Dawid Malan and Saqib Mahmood have been called back into the team. Saqib did really well against Pakistan. He was a part of the squad for the second match, he was then released but now because of Wood’s injury, he has been called. There is a possibility, the match is in Headingley, you might want to just spruce up your fast-bowling reserves.”

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The veteran has pointed out that Dom Sibley’s poor form has forced England to bring a change in their batting order. Aakash Chopra shared: “Malan, yes he is a T20 champion. Malan’s story is that Dom Sibley has been struggling. It seems Haseeb Hameed will open and in the middle, you can play Malan or Ollie Pope, you can also send Bairstow at No.3.” The third Test between India and England will begin from August 25 as well.