Former English captain Nasir Hussain believes the England selectors have made a mistake by resting Johnny Bairstow for the first two matches of the four-Test series against India starting in Chennai from February 5. Nasir Hussain has asked the England selectors to reconsider their decision. Johnny Bairstow scored 47 and 35 not out in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Gaul last week. Keeping Johnny Bairstow out of the first two Tests, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) players are rested amid a busy schedule Is part of the policy. England have to participate in 17 Tests and ICC T20 World Cup this calendar year.
Nasir Hussain told Sky Sports, ‘I mean to say that this is a matter of concern, because Johnny Bairstow is one of England’s three best batsmen against spin. These three players include Johnny Bairstow with Joe Root and Ben Stokes, but have been asked to return home and the rest are going to Chennai. Nasir Hussain said, ‘This has to be rethought. The period that the player has gone through (Kovid’s phase) is like a nightmare. He had to spend days in a bio-safe environment last summer and then in the IPL (Indian Premier League). After this, the players went to South Africa, now in Sri Lanka, then to India and then play in the IPL. The former captain said, ‘I am not underestimating this situation at all.
It is a difficult task for the selectors, but for the first Test match against India you should have the best team. Nasir Hussain said, ‘You should focus on rotation or rest for the Indian tour or choose your best team after taking care of the first Test match of this important series. The selectors are accountable to the fans of England for not beating their best team against a confident Indian team by defeating 1. Nasir Hussain said, ‘When the wicket is taking turn, then the fans of England see that the score is 20 runs for two wickets. Then they can ask questions. I want my best batsman against spin in the team and Bairstow is such a batsman or is included in such batsmen.