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Denmark’s Kaneria questions Ashwin’s exclusion in postponed England test

Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has questioned the decision not to play India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the rescheduled fifth Test against England. Half-centuries of Joe Root (76*) and Jonny Bairstow (72*) put England in a fantastic position heading into the final day as India struggled to get the wickets on Monday.

Kaneria said Team India are now paying the price for a poor selection call for the rescheduled fifth Test against England. “Winning against losing position team India at Edgbaston. Why Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t in the XI that made the call, Dravid as a coach has played so much in England knows very well the condition, it’s summer in England where the wickets are baked and dry and some day 3 ball is starting to spin, where there is a seam it will spin due to the damp Only Bumrah seems to be able to do India made the mistake and paid the price,” Kaneria said on the Koo app.

At the end of Monday’s game, England’s score was 259/3, with Root and Bairstow firm on the crease. England now need 119 runs for a win, while India will need to take seven wickets to clinch the series. The Indian-paced bowling attack looked quite ineffective against the in-form pair of Root and Bairstow as the duo continued to rack up runs in the final session of Day Four on Monday. (ANI)

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