IND vs ENG series: The English batsman Jonny Bairstow will return to the squad after their first Test against India, England batting coach Graham Thorpe said on January 29. Bairstow had initially been rested for the first two matches of the 4-match Test series, but Thorpe said that he would be available for the second Test which starts on February 13 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Next, the action shifts to the world's largest cricket Stadium i.e. Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad for the final two Tests including a pink-ball D/N Test. After that, the two teams will compete in five T20Is and three ODIs.
"They are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit. Maybe it is because I was brought up in India and I've always seen India vs England as one of the great series - all I would have asked is turn up to Chennai with your best 13 to 15 players," he said.
"He is coming after the first Test into the squad," Thorpe said in a virtual interaction with the media on Friday. Bairstow was to, anyway, join the England Playing XI after the second Test. Now, his arrival has been advanced.
England's decision to rest the wicket-keeper batsman for the first two Tests was criticized by many former players. He was England's second-highest run-scorer after skipper Joe Root during their last series in Sri Lanka which they won by 2-0. Bairstow has scored 139 runs at an average of 46.33.
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
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan said that Bairstow was the only player in England's top three looking comfortable in sub-continent conditions. "The only player in England's top three that's playing the sub-continent conditions with any control or calmness is resting for the first two Tests against the best Team in the world at home #India !!! The world is officially mad," said Vaughan in a tweet.