Cricket Legends and former Skippers Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan are unhappy with the England’s squad selection for the first two Tests against India.
According to the media reports, England will be touring India for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs beginning February 5.
In his recent statement Hussain said “I would say it’s a concern that one of England’s best three players of spin — I would say Bairstow is alongside Joe Root and Ben Stokes in that — has been given a boarding pass home and the others are going to Chennai. I’d have to rethink.”
He added that “England fans switching on when it is turning and England are 20/2 may well have the argument, ‘I want to see our best batsman against spin, or one of them, in Bairstow.”
In addition to this, the former skipper questioned that “If the next Test after this series was Brisbane in the Ashes, would we send our best side? So why when it’s the first Test against India, one of the great sides, aren’t we sending our best team?”
Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran have been rested for the first two Tests against India, while Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns — who are not part of the Sri Lanka series — have been recalled.
Whereas Michael Vaughan in his tweet said that “The only player in England’s Top 3 that’s playing the sub-continent conditions with any control or calmness is resting for the first 2 Tests against the best Team in world at home #India!!! The world is officially mad.”
The only player in England’s Top 3 that’s playing the sub continent conditions with any control or calmness is resting for the first 2 Tests against the best Team in world at home #India !!! The world is officially mad … #SLvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 23, 2021