Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, will host its first Test match after a radical renovation and now has a capacity of 1.10 lakh. The third Test between India and England, which is also a pink ball test or day / night test, will make it difficult for both Virat Kohli and Joe Root to make the final call on their final playing eleven.
Both teams do not expect much grass to be left until the toss at Motera Track on Wednesday (February 24) at 2pm. But in the second and third seasons with the pink ball under twilight and lights respectively, the fast bowlers are expected to have some sway on the dry tracks as well.
India can replace Kuldeep Yadav in their second Test with R Ashwin and left-arm spinner Axar Patel.
“I don’t think it’s an accurate assessment (it won’t be a bowl swing). The pink ball swings a lot more than the red ball. We experienced that when we first played in 2019 (against Bangladesh), Kohli Said, in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday (23 February).
Kohli also rejected the assessment If the pitch is fast then England will have the edge. “” I’m not really bothered about what the strengths and weaknesses of the English team are. We have also beaten them at their house, where the ball goes more and keeps them out every time so that we don’t really bother with it. It is about playing well as a team, ”he said.
“And yes, the opposition side also has many, many weaknesses, if you want to exploit them. The Indian captain said that if it is a seamer friendly track for him then it is also for us.
Both teams go to the game with a lot of unknown people. The pink ball has been known to aid the pacers, but it remains to be seen how much it will help the spinners, who are considered India’s strengths at home.
The England think tank has a selection headache in both the bowling and batting departments. In bowling, he has Jofra Archer fit and is available with experienced fast bowler James Anderson, who is back in the field after the assignment management kept him out of the second Test. Stuart Broad is also in contention for a chance.
He said, ‘It is fantastic to see him (Archer) bowling again, we are excited. He is a world class performer and has acquired all the skills… Now it is a very exciting place to have a battery of fast bowlers to choose from.
Senior wicketkeeper batsman Johnny Bairstow is also back in the team and it remains to be seen whether he can keep out the in-form Ben Fox or play both.
“We’ll join you in the team when it’s ready … That’s what we want to do things. We just want to make sure, we’re really sure on everything. When we’re all set we’ll put you together The whole squad will give, ”Root said.
The third Test match between India and England will be on the live streaming stream Disney + Hotstar from 230 pm.
Squad: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mo. Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Joffra Archer, Johnny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jack Crowley, Ben Fox, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Oki Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes , Mark Wood
(With PTI inputs)