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“Unlikely” – James Anderson not expecting the pink ball to reverse swing in day-night Test

James Anderson doesn’t count on the pink ball to reverse swing throughout the day-night Test between India and England.

The quick bowler admitted the ball can reverse if it will get help from the floor, however conceded he doesn’t count on it to play an necessary position in the third Test.

How the pink ball behaves below lights and all through the day-night Test has been a sizzling subject of debate.

With the pink ball historically aiding the seamers, many backed James Anderson to play a starring position in Ahmedabad.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after having trialled the pink ball in the nets, James Anderson wasn’t too assured about the ball’s potential to reverse.

“It feels very related to the Dukes in the hand. I feel we will probably be unlikely to see reverse. It is determined by the pitch. If the pitch is abrasive you would possibly see a little bit of reverse, however from how we’ve bowled it in the nets I’d be very shocked if it does reverse.”

James Anderson is anticipated to return to the facet after being rested for the second Test.

The 38-year-old performed a starring position for England in the first Test in Chennai, and his mesmerizing spell of reverse-swing bowling in the 2nd innings left Indian batsmen flummoxed.

Players from each camps are not sure about how the SG pink ball will behave in India. Having performed with the Dukes pink ball in England, James Anderson conceded that the SG ball isn’t too totally different from the Dukes.

“It doesn’t feel a lot different (to other brands of the pink ball). What we have found with all the pink balls, it seems like they have an extra bit of lacquer on them so it feels a bit more plastic, the coating, rather than on the red ball where you can feel the leather. It may well stay a bit harder for longer. We’ll have to wait and see how it reacts after 40-50 0vers.”

James Anderson has no particular plans for pink-ball Test

With a better expertise of taking part in with the pink ball, anticipation is excessive that England’s pacers will get pleasure from bowling with it. But James Anderson reiterated that circumstances will matter greater than the ball’s color.

“I don’t think we’ll bowl any differently to how we normally bowl with the red ball. We’ll be assessing conditions as we do and bowl accordingly. If it’s swinging around we’ll be more attacking, bowling a fuller length, have extra catchers in. If not, we’ll go a little bit more defensive.”

James Anderson also revealed that the visitors have been practising with ‘really old’ balls in the build-up to the third Test.

“It’s all about assessing the conditions. We’ve got a couple of balls that are really old. We’ve been practising with that and they are doing absolutely nothing. I think it’s important we do that because you still need the option of taking wickets when it’s not swinging around.”

Published 22 Feb 2021, 11:57 IST

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