Pace bowlers to be rotated during five-Test series, says James Whitaker

"We have got five Test matches in a very short space of time and one of the reasons to include six seamers there is that we believe at some stage they're all going to play"

“We have got five Test matches in a very short space of time and one of the reasons to include six seamers there is that we believe at some stage they’re all going to play”

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England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national selector James Whitaker has announced that the national team’s pace bowlers will be rotated during the upcoming five-Test series against India.

Whitaker noted that this was necessary since the five Tests are being played in a short time frame. He added that he does not want any of the bowlers to succumb to serious injuries.

“We have got five Test matches in a very short space of time and one of the reasons to include six seamers there is that we believe at some stage they’re all going to play,” Whitaker said. “At the start of the series, while they’re talking about the Indians and strategy and tactics, it makes sense to include that group so they get the first-hand knowledge straight away.

“We would like to think that the four who get picked on the day play brilliantly well and stay fantastically fit and the world’s perfect, but realistically we need a group.”

Whitaker also stated that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test after they both looked to be fatigued following England’s 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka.

Broad is also struggling to recover from a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for a while prior to the Sri Lanka Test series.

“We know they are 100 per cent fit, they have been passed off fit by the medical team to be included, but they did just play back-to-back Tests and there will be fatigue that builds up,” Whitaker said.

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