England batsmen face left-arm wrist spinners in the nets to tackle Kuldeep Yadav
Will Kuldeep Yadav play in the first Test?
Updated - Jul 31, 2018 1:21 pm
The Test series between India and England is all set to begin on Wednesday and the hosts are sweating it out in the nets ahead of the series opener. The sweltering heat in the country has opened up the possibility of the spinners dominating proceedings in the five-match. Even their batsmen in the nets were seen facing the left-arm wrist spinners with the threat of Kuldeep Yadav looming on them.
The chinaman picked 14 wickets in 6 matches during the limited-overs leg of the tour which led to the Indian selectors picking him for the Tests as well. However, it is still unclear if the visitors will include him in the playing XI for the first Test. But it seems that the home side wants to get all their bases covered in terms of their preparation is considered ahead of the series.
Who are the spinners?
England team has recruited Akhil Patel (brother of Samit Patel), William Blackwell and Sam Wisniewski, all left-arm wrist-spinners, to bowl at their batsmen in the nets. While Blackwell is the club cricketer at Coggeshall in Essex, Wisniewski plays for Yorkshire Under-17 cricket team according to ESPN Cricinfo. The likes of Dom Bess and Jack Leach who were not picked in the squad were also spotted bowling in the nets.
Despite preparing themselves by training hard, it will be a different ball game when the hosts will face Kuldeep during the match if he plays. A lot depends on the pitch at Edgbaston as well which looks set to assist the seamers in spite of all the talk of the spinners dominating.
Like India, the Brits have also picked the wrist spinner Adil Rashid in the squad on the back of his limited-overs exploits. Even his inclusion seems a mystery with the conditions in England changing dramatically over the last couple of days.