Is Ravi Ashwin playing in today’s 2nd Test: India have decided to announce an unchanged Playing XI for the second Test in Jamaica.
During the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of West Indies in Jamaica, West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and chose to bowl. Coming on the back of losing the first Test, Holder will now be looking to draw the series level.
It was during the toss that Holder announced two changes which the West Indies have made to their squad. While fast bowler Keemo Paul regained his place in the squad upon recovering by replacing Miguel Cummins, he hasn’t been included in the Playing XI.
Another blow to the hosts was wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope getting ruled out of the match due to an injury. Holder announced that all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and wicket-keeper batsman Jahmar Hamilton have been handed respective debuts.
“We’re going to field first because there is a bit of grass on the wicket. Rahkeem Cornwall makes his debut coming in for Miguel Cummins. One forced change with Shai Hope not fit and Jahmar Hamilton is in.
“We just have to focus on our processes and be patient in the field. Likewise for batting. I’m confident the guys can make things right. The last time we came here Roston Chase got five wickets against India, so it does offer something to the spinners,” Holder was quoted as saying.
Is Ravi Ashwin playing in today’s 2nd Test vs West Indies?
In what was a rare scenario, India captain Virat Kohli made public the update that India will field the same XI for this match. “It’s going to be challenging [to bat first]. The first session will be tough. The advantage of batting first is you can put runs on the board and put pressure on the opposition. It follows the template we’ve been playing with.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 30, 2019
“We need to be more precise in what we need to do. The 70-80 run partnerships need to be big ones – these are the few areas we need to plug. The bowlers have been outstanding, but from the batting point of view, these are the little things to focus on.” Kohli was quoted as saying during the toss.