England fans were so used to their own team being in disarray through the 1990s and during the 5-0 drubbing in Australia in 2006-2007 that they can hardly bring themselves to contemplate a whitewash series victory this time.
The team management have their eyes secretly on 10-0 with a five-Test series starting in Australia in November. They are keen to manage their pace bowlers’ workloads and have rotated their squad, with Chris Tremlett coming back in, while Steven Finn and Graham Onions miss out.
The tall Tremlett, who last played for England in January last year before injury, could challenge Tim Bresnan for the third fast-bowling berth if the pitch is deemed bouncy enough.
Another addition is James Taylor, who scored 121 not out for Sussex against Australia and has been called up to play in case Kevin Pietersen fails to recover from a calf strain.
Taylor’s knock and the fact they are 2-0 up without their most explosive batsman yet really contributing may lead Alastair Cook’s side to only play Pietersen if he is 100 percent fit.
“He will be assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test and we have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor, who has been in good form,” England selector Geoff Miller said in a statement.