Continuity is the essence of winning combinations. The personnel manning the various levers of a team act in cohesion with minimal or no changes in its composition.
And England made all the wrong moves after its comprehensive victory over India in the first Test.
The spectacular win at Chepauk, arriving after England’s 2-0 series triumph over Sri Lanka, was shaped by the brilliance of Joe Root and a vicious burst by the Sultan of Swing, James Anderson.
At that point, England held the psychological edge. And it had Anderson to put seeds of doubts in the minds of the Indian batsmen.
However, the English think tank stunned everyone by resting Anderson for the second Test. The side had shot itself on the foot.
England’s policy of rotational ‘bubble’ made little sense since playing Test cricket has to be the ultimate honour.
Take for instance the case of off-spinner Dom Bess. He was…