England skipper Joe Root said on Tuesday he did not yet have “real clarity” on what his bowling suit should be for the third day-night test against India from Wednesday and that he will wait a little longer before finalizing it. India beat England by 317 points on a turner in Chennai to tie the four-game series 1-1. All eyes are now on the renovated Motera pitch, which will make its debut with the pink Test ball.
“We’re going to take our time with the limited information we have on this pitch and pink ball cricket. You know, we’re going to make sure we give ourselves as much time as possible before the game before we make a decision,” he said. Root said on the eve of the match.
The English think tank has a picking headache in both the bowling and batting departments.
At bowling, they have Jofra Archer in good shape and available with veteran spearhead James Anderson, who is back in the fray after workload management kept him from making the second test. Stuart Broad is also up for a spot.
“It’s great to see him (Archer) come back to bowling again, we’re thrilled. He’s a world class performer and has all the skills… it’s a very exciting place to now have a battery of fast bowlers. to choose from, ”Root said.
Senior wicket batsman Jonny Bairstow is also back on the squad and it is to be seen if they can keep Ben Foakes in shape or play both.
“We’ll find you the team when we’re ready… that’s the way we want to do it. We just want to make sure, we’re really sure of everything. When we’re absolutely ready, we’ll give you the team. complete together. “
“I think I have a very good understanding of what this pitch could look like tomorrow morning and before that first ball … It got drier and drier as the days went by as expected.
“So you just need to have some real clarity on the balance of attack that we want and use that practice tonight to see how much dew that might play and how much of a factor that could be and if that changes things. “
The skipper however hinted that there would be a bit more lateral movement with the pink ball which can “work in their favor”.
The fourth and final test, which will be a regular one-day game, is scheduled to start on March 4.
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