England should register their first win in a pink-ball Take a look at overseas if they’re to maintain their hopes alive of qualifying for this 12 months’s World Take a look at Championship ultimate after they face-off in opposition to India on the world’s largest cricket stadium from Wednesday.
New Zealand have already booked their spot for the inaugural WTC ultimate to be held at Lord’s later this 12 months, leaving India, England and Australia vying for the opposite.
The four-Take a look at sequence between India and England is presently tied at 1-1 on the midway stage and Joe Root’s males might want to win the remaining matches to qualify. The duty seems a tad easier for Virat Kohli’s facet, with the hosts needing to win at the least one Take a look at and keep away from defeat within the different.
Australia’s cancelled journey to South Africa signifies that Tim Paine’s facet are depending on India and England and would wish a drawn sequence or a 2-1 win in favour of the touring facet to arrange a WTC ultimate conflict in opposition to their trans-Tasman rivals.
England have barely extra expertise of enjoying day-night Exams than their hosts however shouldn’t have an exemplary document exterior their residence comforts.
They beat West Indies at Birmingham however misplaced in Adelaide and Auckland and the Feb. 24-28 Take a look at beneath floodlights at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium will probably be their fourth outing. The refurbished stadium, with a capability of 110,000, has displaced the Melbourne Cricket Floor because the world’s largest for cricket and would be the venue for the remaining Exams.
Native authorities have allowed 50% capability for the day-night match – solely the second in India after the one in opposition to neighbouring Bangladesh at Eden Backyard in Kolkata in 2019.
Seamer James Anderson, England’s most prolific bowler, stated he felt the pink ball swung a bit extra within the air throughout observe than the normal pink one.”We’ve bought a little bit little bit of expertise with the pink ball however that is simply the second Take a look at in India, the primary one in February as effectively so we don’t know the way it will behave,” the 38-year-old instructed reporters.”
The bowlers who get the ball of their hand come the Take a look at match will probably be hopeful of it doing one thing and we’ll be hopeful that that provides us a little bit little bit of an edge. “Clearly, I’ll be conserving my fingers crossed if I do play and we bowl first, I’ll be hoping it does a little bit bit.”
The hosts can even obtain a lift with the return of rested tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah whereas senior quick bowler Ishant Sharma is anticipated to play his 100th Take a look at match through the day-night affair.
Feb. 24-28 (1430 native/0900 GMT) WHERE?
Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad (55,000 restricted capability) MATCH OFFICIALS (all Indian)
Umpires: Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary Third umpire: C Shamshuddin
Match referee: Javagal Srinath
World rating: 2
Coach: Ravi Shastri
Captain: Virat Kohli
Squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
World rating: 4
Coach: Chris Silverwood
Captain: Joe Root
Squad: Joe Root, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wooden.
PREVIOUS AHMEDABAD TESTS
2012- India received by 9 wickets
2001- Match drawn
First Take a look at (Chennai): England received by 227 runs
Second Take a look at (Chennai): India received by 317 runs