London: The final match of the World Test Championship (WTC) is just a few days away. The Indian players have also started their practice in Southampton for the mega-match against New Zealand. Due to corona protocol, Indian players are now allowed to practice in groups of three-four. If the entire team India comes out for practice together from Friday, it will be a kind of audition for the fast bowlers.
All eyes will be on pacer Mohammad Siraj during the practice session. Because the team management is keen to include Siraj in the final XI for the final match. If Siraj manages to prove his fitness during practice, he can be taken in the final match. According to media reports, Mohammad Siraj may replace Ishant Sharma in the final XI. But it can be a tough decision. This is the first time since the August 2019 tour of the West Indies that Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are all available for the team. All three have been instrumental in Team India's success abroad in recent years.
Ishant Sharma has experience of playing 12 Tests in England. But the team management is on alert about Ishant's advancing age. Ishant will be 33 during the Tour of England. Ishant returned to the team through the home series against England after recovering from an ankle injury. The team management is also in doubt about Ishant's long bowling spell. In such a situation, the team management wants to give a chance to Siraj, who can put in a long spell without reducing his speed.