Despite an emphatic victory at Headingley, Shane Warne says he has made some changes in the England side that defeated In the going to the fourth test on the oval next week. Mark Wood and Zak Crawley are the ones who wanted the Australian legend to return to the English eleven in place of Sam Curran and an opener.
While Sam Curran has clearly struggled to take wickets in the series so far, and has not had an impact on the bat, as in the 2018 series, both English openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed have a half-century recorded.
Sam Curran Tests for Test Cricket: Shane Warne
Wood missed the third Test due to a shoulder injury, while Crawley was dropped after his first Test after his poor condition this year.
Shane Warne believes a spinner – perhaps Jack Leach or Matt Parkinson, none of whom have appeared so far this summer – could also come in for Curran if circumstances allow the turn at the Oval. He said the left-arm all-rounder is a cricketer in the longest form of the game. Since the start of last year, Curran has averaged 47.53 with the ball and has taken no more than two wickets in his last 18 overs.
‘I do not think Curran plays [in the next Test]. As the fourth seam bowler to bat at number 8, he has not scored a century or taken a five-stroke, I do not see what he is for in the team. He is a good cricketer, but a bit “pieces” for Test cricket. I would like to see something more specific, whether it’s Wood or a spinner, if it’s going to spin. Maybe a Leach or a Parkinson’s, ‘Shane Warne told Sky Sports.
The legendary spinner praised David Malan for his brilliant fifty in Leeds while returning after three years.
‘[Dawid] Malan is an experienced player with talent, but more importantly another hunger. He said he never gave up and still had a passion for Test cricket, and I thought he went out there and did an excellent job.
‘The team just looks better with Malan at number 3, although I would let Zak Crawley bat because I think he is a talented player with a lot to offer. He who opens and Malan at number 3 and the batting list suddenly looks very good. ‘
England could miss Jos Buttler for the remaining two Tests as the wicketkeeper and his wife are expecting their child early next month. India have questions about the form of Ajinkya Rahane and whether they can include Ravichandran Ashwin for the fourth Test.