“The wickets in the nets were a little green and had a good pace and were carrying too. I don’t know if it’s something to pass or if it’s a bit of a gimmick,” England stimulator Mark Wood said during of a virtual interaction on Friday. England drummer Zak Crawley also felt England will have an advantage if conditions favor couturiers. “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,” Crawley said.
However, it will be interesting to see if the box office maintains its green cover as the clash begins on February 24. Former English skipper Allan Lamb believes that giving a useful counter to the designers will play in the game for visitors. “I don’t think there will be too much of a pro-pacer move in Ahmedabad. I think the wicket will help spin as it is India’s strength. Their spinners are high class and better than their counterparts. English who are good but short with international experience, ”Lamb told TOI.
The 66-year-old, who has taken part in 79 tests and 122 ODIs for England, believes Joe Root’s side can only make a comeback if his beaters come to the party. “England will need their batsmen to shoot. Only when you post a 400+ player on the board – your bowlers will have something to play. England’s hopes in the series rest on their batsmen. “Not just Root, others have to do it too. Score big if we have any hopes of winning the series,” said the former England skipper.
With the teams that won the draw in the series batting first, Lamb believes that trend will continue in the final two tests as well. “The toss has become a crucial factor in this series. Winning the toss is half the battle won. Teams look to strike first, rack up a big total and then call the shots. which will be the case in Ahmedabad as well “. Lamb mentioned.