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IND vs ENG: England won’t complain if pitches in India spin from ball one says Ollie Pope ahead of Test series

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 13, 2024 17:40 IST

England vice-captain Ollie Pope believes the away team won’t have any problems if the ball spins from the first ball of the five-match Test series against India.

The England team is participating in the India tour

England will tour India for the all-important Test series starting on January 25 in Hyderabad. BCCI has named one 16-person squad for the first 2 tests and four spinners have been named in the squad including Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav. The Heavy spin attack could give a clear indication of the type of track England can expect on the tour.

However, Ollie affirmed that both teams will compete on the same track so it is important that the whole team is ready for every challenge that lies ahead.

“There will be a lot of noise outside. And the pitch can be a talking point. But you have to remember that two teams are playing on the same pitch, so we just need to be as well equipped as possible.” can,” Ollie said when speaking to The Guardian.

Ollie acknowledged that the host nation had every right to tailor pitches to their bowlers and use the conditions to their advantage. The batsmen are ready to witness a change in ranks when they visit the sub-continental nation.

“In England we can leave more grass on the field to accommodate our great swimmers, so it wouldn’t be surprising if India did the same to accommodate their great swimmers. encourage their spin. And I actually think the low-scoring Test matches are quite worth watching,” Ollie added.

Ollie said there would not be any complaints about the spinning track and England would look to combat the tough conditions. “I watched a bit of the match between South Africa and India, and it was fantastic: the boys scored with extremely difficult runs and the ball flew over. The scoreline may be similar in India, but if the pitch turns from ball one, we won’t complain. The problem is finding a way to fight it,” Ollie said.

England’s last Test series win in India dates back to 2012 under the captaincy of Alastair Cook. In 2021, after winning the Chennai Test, England lost the remaining matches to lose the series 1-3 against India.

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Diya Kakkar

Published on:

January 13, 2024

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