Aside from the incessant talk of spin-friendly fields in India, the great English all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that Test players need to be skilled in dealing with all kinds of conditions. Ahead of the day / night test that started Wednesday, Stokes wondered how the newly renovated Motera strip would behave, but at the same time stressed that top crackers must be able to cope with whatever they face. “The advantage of being a Test batsman is that you have to be able to handle all kinds of conditions. India is one of the places where it is much harder for overseas batsmen to come and be successful, but so is it. for England, “he wrote in a column for the” Daily Mirror “.
“And that’s part of the game, the challenges and why we love it,” he said.
The spinning courts in India became a talking point during the ongoing Test series, when some former England players such as Michael Vaughan asked if such strips were ideal for Test cricket.
The series is tied at 1-1 after India’s stunning victory in the 317 run in the second Test in Chennai. Stokes’ bowling quota of just two overs in that game raised a few eyebrows.
“Don’t read too much about the fact that I didn’t throw much in the second game, I’m sure if it was a green sailor I would have thrown a lot more overs. I think there might be more reason for me to get in shine the next game if it helps the team. “
Much is at stake for both India and England in the four-match streak as the World Test Championship final is still up for grabs. While India must win one and draw the other to make it, England will have to come out victorious in both remaining games.
Stokes said no one has the slightest idea how the track would behave.
“Generally all over the world when these pink ball games are played there is always a period where the ball starts to do a little bit under light and it puts the seamers straight into play,” Stokes wrote.
“For us here that will be huge. And in brand new terrain that looks pretty impressive, no one will know how it will react. We have a good spin division, but hopefully I have definitely a seam division to back them up strongly.”
Stokes said the Test triumph of the England team that toured India in 2012 was an inspiration to the current squad.
“There aren’t many teams coming out of India with a series win. The 2012 guys are justifiably proud of their achievement and the rest of us want to achieve this for ourselves along with Rooty, Jonny, Jimmy and Broady, and what a chance we have. , ”said the 29-year-old.
The outcome of the first two tests was pretty much determined by the team that hit first and posted a huge total. If it was England in the first test, India did the same in the second. Stokes acknowledged the “scoreboard pressure”.
“The scoreboard pressure in Test cricket is probably most prominent in the subcontinent, playing a huge part in trying to win the game. The good thing is we know what it takes to win here, so the point is that. back into practice, learn what we can from the second test and deliver this week, ”he wrote.
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