England’s rest and rotation policy has been in the news for quite some time now. Actually, after the defeat in the Test series on the tour of India, many former players had raised questions about it. Now before the five-match Test series against India, England Test team captain Joe Root has given a big statement about this.
Joe Root has said that it is time to drop the rotation policy so that the strongest possible team can be fielded against India and then in the Ashes. Let us tell you that the rotation policy of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) became a topic of discussion in world cricket when they did not tour India with their strongest team earlier this year and ended the series 1-3. Due to the loss, he was out of the race for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).
The new season of the World Test Championship will begin with a five-Test series between India and England starting on August 4 in Nottingham. Joe Root said, “We have come to a time where the policy of rest and rotation has to be left behind. Let’s hope that if everyone is fit we will put up our best available team. It will be very exciting and I am looking forward to it “
Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood did not play in the first two Tests against India, but did appear in the fourth Test. The team’s first-choice wicketkeeper Jos Buttler returned home after the first match of the series.
However, Root expressed hope that this time it will not happen. “We have to play 10 very tough Tests against two great rivals. But this is a great opportunity for us to play strong cricket and if everyone is fit and available, we will have a good team,” he said.
Root said a tough series against India would be ideal preparation for the Ashes and hence it is important to have the best players available. He said, “I want us to try to play our strongest team during the next five Tests or we have the strongest team available for these matches. We will do this to prepare for the upcoming series especially the Ashes. We will make sure that Let everyone be on top of their form during these big matches.”
“Watching the WTC Finals and not being a part of it makes you want to be a part of this special thing,” Root said. We now have the opportunity to go a little further and do a better job than we did the first time. I hope we will get a chance to choose the team from amongst all the players.”
Several former England cricketers, including Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Michael Vaughan, lashed out at the ECB for not fielding the best team in the crucial series against India. Another issue that Root is concerned about is whether to allow players to travel with their families to Australia for the Ashes series.