5 Changes England Should Make to the Test XI for the Series Against India

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5 Changes England Should Make to the Test XI for the Series Against India
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Changes to the England team ahead of the India Test series are inevitable after a first defeat to Sri Lanka in a home series, with beleaguered captain Alastair Cook and new coach Peter Moores searching for a winning formula.

The problem for the England management is that every individual made a case for being retained at some stage in the Sri Lanka series with the notable exception of Cook. It has been made clear by the powers that be, however, that his place in the side and his role as captain are not up for debate at this stage.

A raft of changes to the XI itself is neither appropriate nor warranted, with all the newcomers showing the capacity to play at this level. Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali all struck hundreds, whilst Joe Root, a veteran in such company with 17 Tests under his belt, hit a double century.

Chris Jordan bowled with brio at Lord's and contributed with the bat to consolidate the favourable impression made in the one-day series. At Headingley, Liam Plunkett made the most of familiar surroundings to take five wickets in a display of pace and hostility that suggests he could yet become England's enforcer with the ball.

If changes are to be successful, they must largely come from within. The five suggested changes that follow are based on what is possible from the squad of 13 named today, which is the XI that faced Sri Lanka plus Chris Woakes, retained from the previous squads, and Ben Stokes, recalled after successful rehabilitation from injury.

Other viable options being touted around, such as replacing Cook as captain ormore drasticallyas a member of the side, with possible replacements like Alex Hales now translating his talent to the County Championship, have been ignored.

Similarly, the options of replacing Matt Prior with Jos Buttler, or bringing in a specialist spinner such as Simon Kerrigan, will remain fantasy for the time being as the current squad have a shot for redemption in the first Test against India at Trent Bridge.

Read on for five changes that England should make to turn things around, and please do share your thoughts in the comments section if you feel you have some other suggestions that England should heed.





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