Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha has said that England might fancy playing veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad together for the pink-ball Test against India. Both teams head into this Test with the series level at 1-1.
Also, they have limited knowledge about the conditions, that will be available at the newly laid Motera wicket for the third Test. This will be India’s third Test day-night Test while England’s fourth encounter of such kind. Also, both teams have had a week-long gap to rest and think about the strongest possible XI for the third Test.
England Might Play James Anderson-Stuart Broad Together: Pragyan Ojha
With the Pink-ball swinging much more than the red ball under lights, Ojha said that England might be tempted to play James Anderson and Stuart Broad together. Incidentally, Anderson was rested in the 2nd Test to manage his workload as England and Wales Cricket Board’s plan.
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“The new ball becomes very important, as a bowling unit you need to use the new ball very well. I am sure [James] Anderson and [Stuart] Broad will be playing, they are well equipped and have got huge amount of experience behind them to use the new ball well,” Pragyan Ojha said on Sports Today.
Pragyan Ojha also spoke about the line at which the bowlers would want to bowl in the key day-night clash at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. He also said that the twilight session might aid the pace bowlers but they will have to use the new ball to great effect to reap the maximum benefits.
“In the afternoon session if you bowl disciplined line the advantage is, yes, it is a good time to bat, but the ball will be new. As a bowler you have to make the batsman play and keep the fourth or maybe fifth stump line where the batsman is looking to play the ball. [In the] twilight session it will help the fast bowlers but you have to make sure that you use your new ball well,” Ojha added.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also admitted in the press conference that the pink-ball moves a lot under lights also highlighting the fact that they have the bowlers to make the best use of the conditions as well.
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