“Incredible seam attack and incredible batsmen” make India formidable but England will have the advantage in the pink day / night Test ball here as tourists are more adept at playing in seam conditions, says batsman Zak Crawley.
With the series locked at 1-1, the two teams are expected to face off in the day / night match from Motera Stadium here on Wednesday.
Asked if England were the favorites to play against a moving ball, Crawley, in an interaction with British media on Saturday, said: “I think this is going to play in our hands.
“We grew up in these conditions, trying to play the ball late in difficult conditions, so you would say we would be more skilled than the Indians.
“That’s probably why these are amazing spin players, because they grew up with it,” Crawley added.
However, the 23-year-old is well aware that the hosts are armed with a powerful seam attack as well as skillful batsmen making them capable of handling any conditions.
That said, they have an amazing couture attack and amazing beaters so that won’t help us too much. They will be more than capable, ”he said, referring to the training led by the formidable Jasprit Bumrah and including seasoned workhorses like Ishant Sharma and the new find Mohammed Siraj.
Although the pink ball swings more than the red cherry, Crawley believes the spinners will always play a huge role in the test result.
“(The pink ball) seems to sway more than the red ball, doing a bit more for the designers. I would expect a bit more tailoring in this game and the dressmakers to have better luck than they maybe did in the last two tests.
“It also seems to be a bit more difficult, so the spinners are slipping it a bit more. The spinners are still going to have to play a big part and I would be surprised if they produced an absolutely green seamer.
Kent’s batsman had missed the first two tests by slipping on the marble floor in Chepauk’s locker room, injuring his wrist before the series opened.
However, Crawley is fit to play and was also included in the squad for the day / night test.
“I’ve improved a lot, I’m hitting a lot in the net, making sure I’m as fit as possible for this test and there’s a chance I might be selected,” Crawley said.
“I was one of the first players to come out on the pitch, with my crampons on, and basically my feet came out from under me. To protect my head, I reached out and it was one of those weird incidents where my arm took all the weight, ”he recalls.
“It was such a shame to do that and miss a cricket test. I did my best to be back for the second test, that’s what motivated me. Unfortunately I didn’t quite do this on time, but I’m happy to be on the mend now and it looks positive, ”he said.
Crawley, who opened for England in their 2-0 series victory in Sri Lanka, is ready to take over the responsibility but would rather beat at number three.
“I would have no problem reopening. I will do any role required. If I had a preference it would probably be three but I would have no problem opening.
Crawley fought against Lasith Embuldeniya in Sri Lanka. He was fired all four times by the left arm spinner and only managed 35 points at an 8.75 average on both tests.
“It was a great learning curve. I learned I needed to be a little more specific, but I had some good balls. I am always turning my game back on again so it’s important not to change too much.
“I’m just going to try to improve myself at the things I do that have brought me here,” he added.