- 28 out of 30 wickets fell to the spinners. The management of the England team took the wrong strategy when entering with three designers on the turn track.
UPDATE MARCH 02, 2021 at 12:53 p.m. IST
The third test between India and England opened a big controversy regarding the pitch. The match ended in two days, with India well ahead of England by 10 wickets. It was a turning point with Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Joe Root and Jack Leach bamboozling the drummers.
28 out of 30 wickets fell to the spinners. The management of the England team took the wrong strategy when entering with three designers on the turn track. And that backfired as England beaters came under fire for their approach in the ongoing test series against India.
England bowling spin coach Jeetan Patel also admitted that visitors weren’t expecting spin to play a role so early in the test match and that’s why they chose the Game XI with dressmakers.
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“Look, this is India, this is Asia. We expect to have rotating surfaces, maybe we weren’t expecting to do pirouettes that early on, hence the composition we chose. It was difficult terrain to play and we got on the wrong side. In the first few rounds when we won the toss, 112 wasn’t going to be enough on any surface – thread, flat or seam. We were excited when we knocked out India for around 140. But again it didn’t click in the second innings. If we had scored 200 or 230 in the opening innings, the game could have been different, ”Patel said in a virtual press conference on Monday.
The pink ball reacted differently and it didn’t play out the way we thought it would. We had a plan but it didn’t really work. The pink ball really had so many unknowns and how it will react in terms of the wicket that we didn’t know. You never know how things are going to turn out in Asia. “
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