England spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach managed to impress on the Sri Lankan batsmen in the recently concluded series, but former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene believes four-Test series against India starting on February 5 Will be a big challenge for Left-arm spinner Leach took 10 wickets in the two-match series, while off-spinner Bess took 12 wickets. England won the series 2–0.
Jayawardene told Sky Sports, “I think it will be a very attractive series. It will be a good challenge for these players. This is called cricket. You have to go overseas and win Test series. These two spinners (Bess and Leach) may have gained a lot of experience here, but they will be a big challenge for India. And fast bowler Jofra Archer will get services.
Both Stokes and Archer were rested in the Sri Lanka series. Jayawardene said, “The return of Ben Stokes will be the biggest advantage for England as they are experienced and in their top order there will be another left-handed batsman who will be important.” Joffra Archer can do something special with his speed, especially on slow wickets. Overall they are very well prepared. ‘
Opener Rory Burns has also been included in the England squad for the Indian series, but Jayawardene said it would not be easy for him. He said, “If Rory Burns starts the innings then it will be a challenge for him.” He has not played much cricket recently. ”Jayawardene expressed disappointment over not including wicketkeeper batsman Johnny Bairstow. “He is a veteran and especially considering the way he batted in the series against Sri Lanka, he should have joined the team,” he said. Kevin Pietersen has also advocated Bairstow’s inclusion in the team.