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'Makes more sense to play 5 bowlers'

New Delhi: Playing an extra batsman in the second Test against England will be a "conservative move" with the Lord's pitch looking more bowler-friendly than Edgbaston, feels India bowling coach Bharat Arun.

India lost the first Test by 31 runs and the second Test will start at the 'Home of Cricket' from Thursday.

Interestingly, Sunil Gavaskar has been the biggest advocate of playing an extra batsman after India's poor show in the series opener.

"Playing an extra batsman here, I would consider it as a conservative move. I think everything depends on the conditions and they are not going to be as friendly as it was in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers (here)," Arun said during a press conference.

The Indian batsmen were seen pushing hard at swinging deliveries but Arun defended them.

"The batsmen played a lot forward in Birmingham and they did it in the practice game as well. They feel they have a lot more options in doing that rather than staying back inside the crease," Arun said.

He further explained the reason for expansive front foot movement.

"You are cutting the amount of swing that the bowler can get by going further up and closer to the ball. I guess it worked pretty well for the batsmen (thus far)," he added.

Arun also expressed his satisfaction after the bowlers once again took 20 wickets in a Test match outside sub-continent.

This is the fourth consecutive Test match after three in South Africa where the bowlers have taken 20 wickets.

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