Long-time New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has advised the Indian team management to field Mayank Agarwal as an opener in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
New Delhi. Long-time New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has advised the Indian team management to field Mayank Agarwal as an opener in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He also said that playing two Test matches against England before the WTC final could become a workload management issue for New Zealand. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have been opening the innings for India in the recent past and Hesson also feels that the Indian team management will not change it but feels that Agarwal should be given a chance. Agarwal had scored the most runs for India in the two-Test series in New Zealand last year.
He was one of the four batsmen to score a half-century for India. Hesson told PTI, he will probably go with Rohit and Shubman but I think Mayank’s name should be considered. He has faced their attack in New Zealand and has good experience playing Kiwi bowlers. India has not got a special opportunity to practice ahead of the WTC Final to be held in Southampton from 18 June due to restrictions related to Kovid-19. On the other hand, New Zealand’s team is playing a two-match series against England but Hesson did not want that.
“It (playing three consecutive Test matches) could be the issue. New Zealand will have to look at their bowling attack and therefore will probably play Trent Boult in this match (the second Test against England starting on Thursday). “This will give rest to the other fast bowlers as each Test match is only four days apart,” he said. In such a situation, the workload management of other bowlers is a big issue. On India’s preparations ahead of the final, Hesson said, “Match practice is always useful but every ground is different. Southampton is unique in terms of ground and so match practice will certainly benefit.
He said, but India has brought a big team and they can play matches only in the middle of the team so I think it will make a lot of difference in the match. The match will be played with duke balls which provide more swing and movement but Hesson feels that the role of spinners will also be important as the match progresses, so India will need three fast bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI. should be kept in In the case of New Zealand, he would prefer to have four fast bowlers along with Colin de Grandhomme or Mitchell Santner. Hesson said, they (Ashwin and Jadeja) really provide India a good balance. This means that you will have five main bowlers so that you can attack right-handed batsmen and left-handers equally. It should not be forgotten that there are five left-handed batsmen in the New Zealand team. Hesson expects Rishabh Pant to bat at number six and be able to replicate his Australian performance. He said, he has now understood international cricket better and is full of confidence. So he is able to play as he wants.
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