Jasprit Bumrah © AFP (File Photo)
Jasprit Bumrah © AFP (File Photo)

India bowling coach Bharat Arun said that he was satisfied with India’s bowling performance in the first Test at Edgbaston and reckoned that the bowlers only improved in the second innings after putting in a decent effort in the first. He further said that the final eleven for the Lord’s Test would only be decided when the team management has a look at the surface laid out for the game and also expressed openness towards a reasonable combination dependent on the surface.

Arun further clarified that Jasprit Bumrah is not going to be in contention for the second Test. ”Jasprit Bumrah is bowling fit right now but I think it’s too early to put him into a game-like situation because, I think, he needs to come out of the band-aid/plaster on his hand. For the second Test, he is out of contention,” ruled Arun.

Bumrah sustained a thumb injury and on his path to recovery in the lead up to the second Test against England at Lord’s. However, the team management would shy away from rushing through with his selection for this game and would prefer to give him some more time to recuperate and come back fully fit for the assignment ahead.

The Indian fast bowler sustained an injury in the first T20I against Ireland at Malahide. He was subsequently ruled out of the ODI and T20I series against England and included in the Test squad subject to recovery from injury.