Stuart Broad might replace Anderson for 2nd Test

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England is likely to continue its rotation policy and make changes even though they won the first test comprehensively.

One of the significant changes could be James Anderson.

He may be rested for the second Test starting on Saturday despite a match-winning spell on Day 5 of the first Test match.

The man who might take his place is be another legend, Stuart Broad who crossed 500 wickets in the series against West Indies and is England’s second highest wicket taker.

England are likely to stick to their rotation policy irrespective of the match result as it is part of a carefully thought out policy to prolong the careers of the most important English cricketers.

Stuart Board had played the first Test against Sri Lanka while Anderson replaced him in the second in Galle.

England won the series 2-0 before coming to India.

Chris Silverwood, the English coach justified the rotation policy – “It’s the best thing to do for the players and it’s the best thing to do for the team and the longevity of it.

“I mean you run the risk of opposite result being different. But you could play the same team, and the result could still be different.”

There is a high chance even the spin combination will be tweaked.

Moeen Ali could come in place of Dom Bess.

Bess bowled brilliantly in the 1st innings but his form fell off dramatically in the 2nd innings as his length went haywire, resulting in a flurry of full tosses.

Even India could go for one change to their playing XI in the second test by bringing in Axar Patel in place of the Jharkhand left arm spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem.

However, there is an outside chance that even Kuldeep Yadav could replace Washington Sundar, in case India wants to add a wrist spinner into the mix.

The final call will depend on Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun.