India, England sweat on playing XI ahead of 2nd Test

Jul 16, 2014, 08:33 IST | Debasish Datta

Rohit Sharma said one must not get too excited about the pitch as there were still about 42 hours to go for the match, but the Indian thinktank sure has its task cut out as far as the playing XI is concerned.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma 

Given the performance of the side at Trent Bridge in the first Test, India may go with the same XI. In doing so, they would be ignoring the advice of the likes of Geoffery Boycott and Nasser Hussain who would like to see off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the XI.

Meanwhile, England's predicament centres around left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan's inclusion in the XI. As much as they would like to have him, they will not be able to discount Moeen Ali's performance. He hit a century against Sri Lanka recently and took four wickets in the first Test.

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