The England team under the leadership of Joe Root is facing fierce criticism after eating into the hands of the Indian team. India have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series, defeating England by 151 runs at Lord’s. India also looked strong in the Nottingham Test but on the last day of the first Test, rain came between India and the win and the match ended in a draw. England’s top order has been revealed in the first two Tests. The opening pair of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley could not give England a good start. At the same time, even Jack Crawley, who played in the third, could not protect the team from an early setback in the first Test. In the second Test, Haseeb Hameed got a chance in the third but he was disappointed. Former English captain Graham Gooch is unhappy with England’s poor top order. He named the early England opener and captain Alastair Cook.
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The former England batting coach said Cook was only 36 years old and could easily take his place in England’s top order. Speaking to the Daily Mail, this former English captain said, ‘Each of those players works hard, works hard, prepares themselves. He has no shortage of effort, but things like attitude, technical ability, knowledge and concentration can work, especially for beginners, because if you make a mistake, it’s the end of your day. He said of Hamid, who is coming back to the English team after 6 years, you have to give him a whole series because you can’t put anyone together after playing a game.
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Left-arm batsman David Malan has been included in the England squad for the third Test. Malan is returning to Test after three years. Regarding the addition of Malan, Gooch said, “He is a quiet player and has a sense of his game.” He knows how to run. He has also been successful at Test level. Just because someone goes back doesn’t mean he can’t come back. He said of Malan that he plays the ball a little too late and straight, that’s his strategy. And experts recommend playing the same in England. The third Test match between India and England will be played in Leeds from 25 August.