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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 28, 2015
BIRMINGHAM---Australia opener Chris
Rogers came through a testing session yes-
terday in the nets at the hands of his own
teammates and is set to play in the third
Test against England at Edgbaston, starting
The five-Test series is tied 1-1 after Eng-
land surprised many by winning the opener
in Cardiff before Australia inflicted a massive
405-run defeat on the hosts at Lord s with
a double century from Steve Smith.
England responded calmly to that embar-
rassment, recalling in-form Jonny Bairstow
at No 5 after dropping his fellow Yorkshire
batsman Gary Ballance. Despite Ian Bell s
miserable run, England have promoted him
to bat at No 3 on his Warwickshire home
"It s a brutal environment, you have to
perform. I know I haven t performed to the
best of my ability in the last two months,"
Bell told BBC Sport. "It s a good opportunity
to take some responsibility and score some
As for Rogers, he s "good to go," according
to Mitchell Starc, one of several Australian
pace bowlers operating at full speed in prac-
tice against the 37-year-old batsman.
Rogers retired hurt in the second innings
at Lord s and sat out the tour match against
Derbyshire where his understudy Shaun
Marsh made a century.
Rogers has been diagnosed with an inner
ear balance problem, but cleared of con-
Starc did not hold back in the nets against
"If everyone is bowling full tilt, and he
gets through that, then he is ready to go---
all reports are that he is," Starc said, adding
that he, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazle-
wood were ready to resume the bombard-
ment of England.
"I hope there is a bit of pace in this wicket
and it is a bit harder than the other ones
we have played on," Starc said. "The short
stuff will definitely be on the menu."
One prominent target will be Bell, whose
scores in his last 12 innings include two
ducks and five dismissals for a single. He
is, however, a four-time Ashes winner with
22 Test centuries and a Test average of over
Joe Root, who had a rare stumble at Lord s
with 1 and 17, is up to fourth from his accus-
tomed No 5 spot.
"It s about making sure we do everything
we can to build big partnerships and put
them back under pressure," Root said of
England s top order.
England seamer Mark Wood bowled at
full pace in the nets and is expected to be
Rogers survives nets session
Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, has said
that any bilateral series between India and Pakistan
was unlikely until the political relationship between
the two countries was stable.
Thakur was speaking yesterday soon after a gun-
fight in the Gurdaspur district in Punjab---close to
India s border with Pakistan---led to several civilian
casualties. Though security agencies in India were
yet to determine who was responsible for the attack,
Thakur, who is also a Member of Parliament from
India s ruling BJP, cited the incident as an example
of why he believed the time was not right for a
cricket series with Pakistan.
Last month the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan,
while visiting India, had said Pakistan had a "Plan
B" should the series not go ahead. "We know there
is always such a possibility when it comes to Indo-
Pak relations but we think the situation will be clear
in two months time," Shaharyar had said. "We have
a plan B in case the series (against India) cannot be
held but I can t share the details of that now. If such
a situation is created we can call alternative teams."
India have not played a bilateral Test series against
Pakistan since 2007, though they did host them for
two T20Is and three ODIs between December 2012
and January 2013.
series in doubt
South Africa will play three Twenty20 interna-
tionals, five ODIs and four Tests on a 72-day tour
of India this year, according to the schedule released
yesterday. The tour, which runs from September
to December, will be South Africa s longest trip
to India and will feature their first Twenty20 inter-
national against India in India and the first four-
Test series between the two teams in India.
The second Test in Bangalore, scheduled to start
from November 14, is also likely to be AB de Villiers
100th Test. De Villiers has played 98 Tests so far
and is not a part of South Africa s squad in the
ongoing Test series against Bangladesh.
The tour will begin with a T20 practice match
in Delhi, before the three T20s in Dharamsala, Cut-
tack and Kolkata, which will be played between
October 2 and 8. The ODI series will be played
between October 11 and 25 in Kanpur, Indore, Rajkot,
Chennai and Mumbai.
The visitors will have a two-day team-building
session in Goa and a two-day tour-match in Mumbai
against the Board President s XI before the start of
the first Test in Mohali on November 5. The remain-
ing Tests will be played in Bangalore, Nagpur and
The BCCI had earlier allotted one of the Tests in
the series to Ahmedabad. With the Motera stadium
going under renovation, Mohali has been allotted
the Test match, while the T20, which was scheduled
to be held in Mohali, has been moved to Cuttack.
"This will be the longest tour that we have under-
taken to India and the first time we will play a four-
Test series," Cricket South Africa s chief executive,
Haroon Lorgat, said. "Both countries are now working
to develop this into an icon series. Another first is
that we will be playing our first T20 International
match against India in India.
"Of note will be the second Test match to be
played in Bangalore where the Castle Lager Proteas
previously secured our only ever Test Series win
over India in India in 2000. If all works out this will
be AB de Villiers 100th Test match and it could
not be a more appropriate venue as it has become
AB s second home through his involvement with
the Royal Challengers Bangalore."
SA to play four Tests
on 72-day India tour
...set to make 3rd Ashes Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke, left, chats with teammate Chris Rogers during the nets
session at Edgbaston, Birmingham, yesterday. The third Ashes Test between Australia and
England begins tomorrow. AP PHOTO
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