Playing an Extra Batsman at Lord's Would be Conservative, Says Bharat Arun

After another no-show from the top-order India's hopes rest on their captain in their chase of 194

After another no-show from the top-order India's hopes rest on their captain in their chase of 194

India lost the first Test by 31 runs and the second Test will start at the "Home of Cricket" from Thursday. He also said that despite their batting failing to deliver in the first Test, opting for six batsmen will be a conservative approach and they are not really looking to go that way.

"I think we'll take a decision tomorrow [Wednesday] after taking a look at the wicket but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game so we really need to look at a strategical change depending on the wicket".

While the BCCI had stated in an earlier media release that Bumrah will be available for selection from the second Test subject to fitness, it is now confirmed that the recovery has been slower than expected and he is now out of contention from the Lord's Test.

Arun suggested that India was not considering fielding a sixth specialist batsman. There is still room for improvement but the bowlers did a good job.

He is pretty much India's fastest bowler, but Umesh Yadav must have felt like a caged tiger on the Test series in South Africa in January.

Arun also said that batsmen from both sides struggled in the conditions at Edgbaston but they are looking to adapt to the conditions quickly and have a plan in place. "Depending on the conditions and the team we will take a call on that", Arun said at the press conference.

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"We can't ask for anything better".

The former India pacer was happy the bowlers had discovered the fuller length they needed to bowl in England to get the ball to swing, key to getting wickets. "There was a huge improvement from the first innings to the second and that was extremely welcome", he said. "I guess it worked very well for the two of them (referring to Karthik and Kohli)".

"We will take a call tomorrow (Wednesday)".

"It is a good choice, tough one too [having two spinners]. Depending on the conditions and the team, we'll take a call on that", said Arun. The less the Hardik bowls it augurs well for the team.

David Lloyd reckons Chris Woakes, left out of England's squad for the first fixture at Edgbaston with the selectors keen for him to spend more time recovering from injury, is the most likely stand-in, though he feels a young batsman, such as Worcestershire's Joe Clarke, could be picked. Not taking any credit away from Hardik. He feels Hardik did an exceptional job in South Africa.

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