Third Test 'Vital' For England - Robert Croft
Former Glamorgan and England spinner Robert Croft says it is vital that England learn from the first two Tests against India ahead of the third match at the Ageas Bowl, which starts later this week.
Croft, who played 21 Tests and 50 One-Day Internationals for England, says that the selectors have sent a clear message by making just one enforced change following a 95-run defeat at Lord's.
"Following the defeat by India at Lords, England’s selectors have chosen to keep the same team for this weekend, save for one new face; Jos Butler replacing Matt Prior who is taking time out to recover fitness.
"With this in mind, it is absolutely vital for the squad to learn quickly from the past two performances," he said.
While England's performance at Lord's was disappointing, SWALEC ambassador Croft says that the form of Joe Root has at least been one positive for the home side.
"Joe Root has been playing really well. His score of 154 in the first test at Trent Bridge showed his class as a player, but one or two of the senior players still need to find their form again.
"Providing that happens, England should be able to bounce back.
"Obviously, we all hope that Alistair Cook will start scoring runs in this test, and fight off the criticism he’s been receiving in the media lately.
"He needs to start scoring runs soon."
This summer, Croft has been busy in his role as spin-bowling coach at Glamorgan, where he played between 1989 and 2012 during a distinguished career.
Played 21 Tests, 50 ODIs between 1996 and 2001
Played for Glamorgan between 1989 and 2012 and captain between 2003 and 2006
Now a SWALEC Ambassador and Glamorgan spin coach
Ahead of a crucial NatWest T20 Blast match for the Glamorgan against Gloucestershire, he says he believes his side have what it takes to make the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008.
"We lost six wickets to Derbyshire last week, but in general, our T20 campaign has been more consistent," he said.
"If we beat Gloucestershire on Friday, it’s the quarter finals, and that will be the first time we’ve come through in eight years.
"I am really enjoying my role on the coaching staff at the moment, it’s exciting.
"This is a big game for us - a very big game with a lot riding on it, but I know we have the ability."
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