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If it’s same pitch, red ball may be easier to play: Zak Crawley | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: If India do dish out the same raging turner as was on present for the third Test towards England on the Narendra Modi Stadium, within the fourth and Test that kicks off on Thursday, the million-greenback query is: Will the standard red ball be barely easier for the batsmen?
After the final recreation folded up in merely two days, England skipper Joe Root felt that the truth that the pink ball skidded sooner off the floor made issues troublesome for the batsmen. In a digital presser on Tuesday, his workforce’s opener Zak Crawley made the same assertion, whereas outlining that this week, the batsmen may breathe barely extra simply even when the pitch seems to be as vicious because the one for the final Test.
“It depends on the pitch obviously, but I think if it’s the same pitch, I do think that it’ll be slightly easy. I felt that the pink ball was a bit harder (to play) and that ball skidded on quite quickly, which is why Axar (Patel) got so many wickets lbw and bowled. I think he still has that ball in his armoury for sure and he’ll still be a massive threat with that one (red ball). But I think it might not skid on with the same pace as the pink ball but it won’t be completely different,” Crawley mentioned.
On their half, England haven’t any illusions that the hosts, who want only a draw to undergo to the ultimate of the World Test Championship, wouldn’t churn out one other sq. turner.
“I think it will be a very similar pitch this week, why wouldn’t it be? They played very well on these last two pitches that have turned. It wasn’t easy to score for sure, but it was the same for both sides, and they played very well compared to us. We had our chance to bat first and did well and unfortunately we didn’t play well as we needed to,” mentioned Crawley.
While terming Ravichandran Ashwin as an “unbelievable bowler,” the younger England batsman was all reward for left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who destroyed the guests with an unbelievable match haul of 11 for 70 on a useful pitch, shaping his workforce’s 10-wicket rout. Even although he appeared England’s greatest batsman by far throughout his 53-run knock within the first innings, Crawley succumbed to Axar, who now has 18 wickets in his first two Tests, twice at Ahmedabad. “He is a very good bowler, especially in these conditions. He has been extremely accurate. He doesn’t give you much to score. And he has got one that goes straight on in these conditions, and one that turns. He is a very good bowler, but we played against (Lasith) Embuldeniya in the (Lanka) series and managed to score some good runs and win some Test matches, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that against Axar,” mentioned Crawley.
Do the English batsmen want him and Ashwin otherwise? Ian Chappell advised that they wanted to use their toes extra, and get down the observe to play them. “Possibly, it depends how the ball plays. It’s a different (red) ball, it might not do as much, in which case we don’t have to change (our [playing style) too much…just play your natural game. Obviously, it looks like it’s going to be just as tricky, and play the same way, one skidding and one turning. We’ve learnt from the last game,” mentioned Crawley.
In a recreation which noticed his workforce being rolled over for 112 & 81, the opener was England’s lone vibrant spot, stroking 53 within the first innings. “I probably had the best (chance) to face seamers early, but still nice to score some runs, nonetheless. In these conditions, you need to have your game plan, and have a lot of luck,” he mentioned.
While England cannot now qualify for the WTC ultimate, India are on the cusp of making it to the summit conflict towards England at Lord’s in June. Does that add something to the dynamic of the sport, add a bit of stress on the hosts if issues slip away in quest for the large prize? “Well, I can’t speak for them. In terms of us, it doesn’t change anything for us. It is a massive game. Obviously, a big game for them as well. They want to be in the WTC final, so, you know, there’s still loads to play for. Whether it is the WTC or not, you want to win every Test,” Crawley pressured.
Even although they’ve struggled towards India’s spinners massively on this tour, the 23-12 months-outdated Crawley termed the tour as a “great learning curve, both on and off the field.”

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