Surrey are led by England’s Rory Burns. Ashwin, who bowled 28 overs on the first day, took one wicket for 70 runs, including five maidens. Ashwin conceded five boundaries. Somerset’s No. 3 batsman Tom Lamonbi (42) was clean bowled to celebrate his first wicket with Ashwin Surrey. At stumps on the first day, Somerset were 280 for six.
Playing R Ashwin County could be very beneficial for India as well. Ashwin is likely to be the only spinner in India’s playing 11 in the England series. India may consider him an extra batsman as batting strength is essential in the case of England. In that case, Ravindra Jadeja may have to step down while Ashwin retains his place as a senior.
India have requested a warm-up match ahead of the series. It was approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board. But for the seven members of the Sri Lankan camp, it is doubtful that Kovid will play a warm-up match in a positive situation. The Indian team is currently celebrating a break in England. The Indian team outside Biobable Security will return to Biobable Security by the 17th of this month.
The defeat in the World Test Championship final will be a great disappointment for India. The England series is crucial for India to forget this. At the same time, England need to give up the series to New Zealand and win the Indian series. With the Ashes set to take place in December, further matches are crucial for England. Joe Root is likely to be dropped from the captaincy if India lose the series.
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