England cricket team kick-started their overseas assignment on a positive note. With a 227-run win over Team India in the series opener, it all went well for the visitors. They emerged as strong contenders to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.
However, Indian players didn’t let the visitors take control of the game throughout the series. Team India rose from the ashes and delivered three consecutive victories in Chennai and Ahmedabad respectively. As a result, India won the Test series by 3-1.
So now, India has qualified for the ICC WTC final. Virat Kohli & Co will play against New Zealand in Southampton on June 18, 2021. It is going to be an intriguing and interesting battle between the two top sides.
Earlier, India won the second Test by 327 runs which are also their biggest victory over England in the traditional format. After that, the hosts beat Joe Root & Co by 10 wickets. India put the final nail in the coffin for England as they won by an innings and 25 runs.
Rishabh Pant who scored a sensational 101 including 13 fours and 2 sixes was named the man of the match. On the other hand, senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged the man of the series. He scored a century and also took 32 wickets in the entire series.
Archer doubtful for T20I series against India
With the high-profile Test series came to a close in favor of Team India, both teams are prepping for the T20I challenge. The two heavyweights will lock horns with each other in the five-match T20I series.
The first match will kick off at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on March 12. All the matches of the shortest format will be played at the same venue. There will be just one day gap between each fixture.
England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer has been in and out of the team set-up. He played just the first game in the recently-concluded Test series against India. In the series opener, he picked up four wickets to his name.
After that, the Barbados-born pacer was sidelined with an elbow injury which irked him for some time. Meanwhile, in the latest development, England Cricket Board confirmed that Jofra Archer might not play the upcoming T20I series against India.
Chris Silverwood talks about Jofra
Chris Silverwood spoke to the reporters after the end of Test series India. England’s head coach addressed the media reporters via virtual press conference where he gave clarity on Jofra Archer’s current condition.
“Jofra’s elbow did flare up a little bit and the medical staff are managing that at the moment. Obviously, we’ll monitor his progress. He’s trained today with the white-ball squad. I’ll be guided by the medics,” he added.
In addition, Silverwood further said that the team management wants Jofra Archer to be fit across all formats. Moreover, he wants Archer to have a productive Test career. “We’ll see where we end up with him. I want Jofra to be fit for all forms of cricket. I want him to have a long, successful Test career,” Silverwood signed off.