England will have edge over India, feels Crawley
Ahmedabad, Feb 21: An “unbelievable seam attack and incredible batsmen” make India formidable but England will have the edge in the pink ball day/night Test here as the tourists are more adept at playing in seaming conditions, feels batsman Zak Crawley.
With the series locked at 1-1, the two teams are set to take on each other in the day/night fixture starting at the Motera Stadium here on Wednesday.
When asked if England were favourites playing against a moving ball, Crawley, in an interaction with British media on Saturday, said, “I think it will play into our hands.” “We have grown up with those conditions, trying to play the ball late in seaming conditions, so you would say we would be more adept at it than the Indians.” “That’s probably why they are unbelievable players of spin, because they have grown up with it,” Crawley added.
However, the 23-year-old is well aware that the hosts are armed with a potent seam attack as well as skilful batsmen making them capable of handling all conditions.
“That said, they have an unbelievable seam attack and incredible batsmen so it won’t help us too much. They will be more than capable,” he said referring to line-up spearheaded by the redoubtable Jasprit Bumrah and comprising seasoned warhorses like Ishant Sharma and new find Mohammed Siraj.
Although the pink ball swings more than the red cherry, Crawley feels spinners will still play a huge role in the outcome of the Test. “(The pink ball) seems to be swinging more than the red ball, doing a bit more for the seamers. I expect a bit more seam in this game and for the seamers to have more of a chance than perhaps they did in the last couple of Tests.
“It also seems to be a bit harder so the spinners are skidding it on a bit more. The spinners are still going to have to play a big role and I would be surprised if they produce an absolute green seamer.”
The Kent batsman had missed the first two Tests as he had slipped on the marble floor of the Chepauk dressing room, thereby injuring his wrist ahead of the series opener. However, Crawley is fit to play and has also been included in the squad for the day/night Test.
“I have improved quite a bit, doing plenty of batting in the nets, making sure I am as fit as possible for this Test and that there is a chance I can be selected,” said Crawley. (PTI)