England quick Mark Wood spoke last week about how the tourists’ seamers are itching to get their hands on the pink ball due to the extra swing it is providing.
But England’s Joe Root whose side are tied at 1-1 with India after losing the second Test in Chennai by 317 runs – said: “The pink ball has got quite a hard seam. It seems to stay harder for longer. “Not only will that aid the seamers but I think it will aid the spinners as well – it might give them a little bit more bounce and might turn quicker for longer. It’s about being very aware of that.
“I am sure at some point the wicket will turn but the majority of Test wickets do at some point. It’s just when and whether it happens off the straight or out of the rough.
“It might be that this pitch deteriorates in a similar fashion to the first one of the series but it might not. “We have to be ready to react and the fact the guys are full of confidence and really excited to have a big impact with ball in hand as a seam group is really exciting.
“How we operate I don’t think changes. We still have to look to build pressure for long periods of time, try and squeeze the game. Make it very difficult for guys to score freely and score boundaries and try to force an error. Any extra lateral movement will work in our favor.”
Root says England can learn from how Ashwin batted against spin. “I watched how he played Leachy [England spinner Jack Leach] when he scored that hundred,” the captain added of Ashwin.
“He used the crease to his advantage, not just coming down the wicket but also getting deep in his crease and trying to make it very hard for Jack to bowl one length at him.
“We have to keep being proactive and smart about how we look to score our runs and really make it difficult for their spinners to bowl six balls at us. “India managed to rotate strike very well so that is something we can add to our own games and take forward as a batting group.”
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