England opener Zak Crawley expects the stick to be easier in the fourth test, although the wicket is likely to be similar to the one used in the previous match, which India won in only two days with a dominant procedure.
Crawley, who was England’s top batsman in the day-night pink ball test with a fluent 53 in the opening innings, felt that the return of the red ball should make a slight difference.
“I think if it’s the same ground, I think it will be a little easier. I think the pink ball was a little harder so it skidded pretty quickly which is why Axar Patel had so many wickets, LBWs and pins, ”Crawley said.
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“I think he still has that ball in his arsenal for sure and it will be a huge threat with that one, but it might not go off the rails with the same pace as the pink ball,” he added.
Sharing his thoughts on how the pitch is going to behave, Crawley said, “I think it will be a very similar pitch this week and why wouldn’t it be. They played very well in the last two courts that turned.
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When asked if England can compete in the series, the 23-year-old showed confidence, saying: “There is definitely a way back. We have already won a test match. This will force us to have a good lead in the first round and to beat well.
“The bowlers did well to beat them for 145. If we can replicate that and get a nice lead in the opening innings, we’ll put them under pressure,” he said.