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With India vs England series:
I think Mohammad Shami is now back with Indian squad for 1st 3 Tests. Is that right? Reports saying he now passed.
Varun Aaron still there. Ishant i'm not a huge fan of these days but did a county stint and did well earlier this year.
If conditions dry brings the spinners into play also! Ashwin and Jadeja are useless outside of Asia but they might get lucky.

Other important factor that is forgotten is for all England's brilliance with white ball cricket they have been woeful and struggling with Tests for awhile now!

5 Tests in just under 6 weeks is going to Test both sides. England more used to such series. Their attack still relies heavily on Anderson and Broad. India have to make sure series still alive by the 3rd Test!

Pandya whom you mentioned will be interesting to see how he goes. I think so far a bit overhyped and inconsistent but early days as you said. He seems to spend more time taking selfies and the like similar to Dickwella than anything else!

Shadab looks promising. Agree early days. Already has a 10 wicket match haul and 2 x 5 wicket innings hauls in first class cricket. Leggies got time.

A good example of dangers of trying to go from T20 to Tests is the way Afghanistan played. Both batsmen and bowlers didn't have the patience and temperament for the longer game. Rush of blood for batsmen going for big shots.
Even Rashid Khan trying 6 different deliveries which you can't set a field for in Tests.

If I was selector or board member I would deliberately hold back some players from T20. Until they got the basics and their techniques down pat. Certainly bowlers with extreme pace or bit of mystery spin I would also hold back. Don't want them playing and getting bashed around the park and become defensive in their mindset. Plus keeps some surprises when it comes to international level. That's where India has benefited IPL whilst their players not allowed to play elsewhere.
Not saying they should never play T20 just the early stages.
They'd learn more and be better players with a first class stint in a different continent where conditions would pose different challenges than just flat track made for runs and boundaries.


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