‘Not afraid to express himself’: Hogg says 27-year-old is ‘pushing his way as India's second choice bowler’

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg was hugely impressed with Siraj’s bowling on the penultimate day of the first Test, stating that the youngster is pushing his way into India’s playing XI as the second-choice fast bowler.
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Updated on Aug 08, 2021 11:26 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Mohammed Siraj left no stone unturned in troubling the England batsmen in the second innings of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday. After picking up just one wicket in the first innings, he returned stronger in the second, he bagged a couple and bowled at an improved economy rate of 3.40.

The Hyderabad pacer earned praises for hitting the right areas. He took the wickets of opener Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow, contributing to put India in a comfortable spot.

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg was hugely impressed with Siraj’s bowling on the penultimate day of the first Test, stating that the youngster is pushing his way into India’s playing XI as the second-choice fast bowler.

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“Siraj brilliant love his energy to keep coming in a full-tilt every ball and not afraid to express himself. Slowly pushing his way as India's second choice bowler in the XI,” Brad Hogg tweeted.

India bowled out England on 303 in the third session after Joe Root's classy ton in the second innings. At stumps on Day 4, the visitors were 52-1 in their second innings, needing a further 157 runs to win the opening encounter in Nottingham.

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India’s pace battery has done a tremendous job so far in the ongoing Nottingham Test. It has put India in a winning position as the four fast bowlers shared all 20 wickets in the game. This feat has only been achieved only once before by an Indian bowling line-up – against South Africa in Johannesburg Test in 2018.

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