- 10 Feb 2001
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I still do not understand as I said yesterday that Butler went home after the 1st test and is coming back for the T20s. No-one will remember a T20s series win in India over a test match series win.I do agree with Vaughan though that it shows that test cricket isn't our priority at the moment and it feels that our preparation is geared towards the T20 world cup in October, much like it was for the 2019 50 over world cup. What I can't fathom though is why Anderson needed to be rested this match, when there is a break between now and the next test anyway, and that he doesn't play white ball cricket anymore.
Anyway, I'd leave out Burns and Lawrence and if it is a day night test do we need two spinners? I'd go:
Has Lawrence ever opened? Stokes to me with his average maybe consider putting him down to number 6 and have a the freedom of a Pant/ Butler role? Stone for some reason I don't believe will play again this series. Wood looks like a shoe-in for me for the 3rd test.
Your team has a long tail and I expect it will spin, so the team needs to be covered on both fronts.