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Zak Crawley will be certainly in the mix to play 3rd Test: England batting coach Graham Thorpe

England batting coach Graham Thorpe has indicated that Zak Crawley is match and obtainable for choice for the third Test in Ahmedabad. The right-handed batsman missed the second Chennai Test due to an damage, nevertheless it appears the 23-year-old has made a full restoration.

Thorpe defined that Zak Crawley, who’s but to play in the collection, is in the working to function in the day-night Test, beginning on twenty fourth February. The 51-year-old offered an replace on the Crawley’s state of affairs and stated:

“He (Crawley) is looking fit, and I think we have probably got a full complement of players to pick from, so he (Crawley) will be certainly in the mix, and his injury seems to have healed for me, watching him in the nets.”

Jonny Bairstow, who missed the first two Tests towards India, owing to England’s rotation coverage, can be obtainable for choice for the third Test.

“Johnny did well in Sri Lanka; he will come back into the mix. All the players are fit, so we have got a choice to make going into this match. We know what Johnny’s credentials are; he is a good player of spin, he (has) got a decent record, he played well in Sri Lanka, so he is certainly going to be in with a shout,” Thorpe added.

Last month, Jonny Bairstow scored 47, 35*, 28, and 29 in the two Tests towards Sri Lanka.

“Ball generally does swing more under the lights” – Graham Thorpe

England batting coach Graham Thorpe (L) with Joe Root.
England batting coach Graham Thorpe (L) with Joe Root.

Although the Motera observe is predicted to help the spinners, Graham Thorpe feels the seamers will have an effect in the day-night Test. The England battin coach identified that taking part in below the lights will help the seamers even on a sluggish pitch.

“It is possible, it’s possible (seamers making an impact), I mean without looking into it, the crystal ball. But I would imagine that the ball generally does swing more under the lights,” Thorpe added.

The newly-built Motera Stadium is but to host a first-class recreation. Incidentally, the final Test match at the venue was an encounter between India and England in 2012. The hosts went on to win the match by 9 wickets.

Published 23 Feb 2021, 12:28 IST

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