England have been handed over a massive defeat in the 2nd test at Lord’s by Virat Kohli led India to go 1-Nil down in the series. England couldn’t survive 60 overs on a good batting wicket in the last day here at Lord’s.
England are without Ben Stokes who took an indefinite break from international cricket owing to his mental health. England already have a fragile middle order and without their superstar batting all-rounder in Ben Stokes, their struggles are quite visible against a world class bowling attack like India.
After a humiliating defeat, there were some rumors that England might approach Ben Stokes to reconsider about his break from international cricket but England coach Chris Silverwood ruled out any such possibility.
Here’s what Chris Silverwood said when asked about Ben Stokes’s availability for 3rd test at Headingly
when he does return to international cricket he should be mentally prepared to perform for England
He also added that important thing is to ensure Ben Stokes is Okay.
England’s batting unit has been entirely carried by their captain Joe Root at the moment. He has 2 hundreds in 2 games and has been a league above all the players from both the teams. He has tweaked his technique and has been batting like a dream in this year 2021. If not for him, England would have been 2-0 down in the series and they seriously need someone else to step up along with their captain Joe Root in the absence of Ben Stokes.
England are expected to announce their squad on Wednesday for the 3rd test and one of the most successful English bowlers in England in Chris Woakes is expected to be named in the squad as the injury threat over Mark Wood looms large.
Chris Woakes averages 23 with the ball in the last 3 years in England. He has 37 wickets in 11 tests.