Former England captain Michael Vaughan is expecting Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah to bowl slower balls against the hosts on the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval.
England were at 77 for no loss at the end of Day 4, as openers Rory Burns (31) and Haseeb Hameed (43) showed a great amount of determination to play 32 overs and didn’t lose their guard.
Jasprit Bumrah should use slower balls: Michael Vaughan
The pitch at Oval is flat and many experts feel that England will hold the advantage to chase as they have 10 wickets in hand and India are missing the service of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been benched throughout the series till now, and Vaughan feels that Jadeja should be bowling as many overs in the start of the day.
I would go with Ravindra Jadeja, without any question you start with your spinner: Michael Vaughan
Bumrah, who has picked 16 wickets in this series so far, will be key for India to get the important batsman back in the pavilion and Vaughan wants the bowler to use the slower ones on the Oval pitch.
“I think Virat needs to keep it simple for the first half an hour. I’d go with Jadeja, without any question you start with your spinner. Try to fire it into the rough outside Burns’ off stump. If it doesn’t work for them, they have to realise that it is like a subcontinent style pitch and think outside the box. I’m looking for someone like Bumrah to bowl the slower balls. Those kind of deliveries will be very important,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“Rory Burns against Jadeja, with the ball spinning out from the rough, he showed great technique and great character. That looks like the major threat from an England perspective, Jadeja firing it into the rough,” he added.
Earlier on Day 4, India’s lower-middle order blazed runs as the visitors put a total of 466 in the second innings to set Joe Root and his team a target of 367.