India vs England: Zak Crawley expects “very similar pitch” but “slightly easier to bat on”


Young England opener Zak Crawley on Tuesday echoed opposition vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s sentiments on the Motera strip which he believes will likely be “similar” in nature but purple ball will make it “slightly easier” for the batsmen.

England have been pummelled by India for 317 runs and 10 wickets respectively on successive rank turners and the house staff would really like to make it 3-1 of their bid to e book the World Test Championship last berth.

“Yeah, I think it will be a very similar pitch this week. It wasn’t easy to score for sure, but it was the same for both sides, and they played very well compared to us. So, we had our chance to bat first and did well and unfortunately, we didn’t play well as we needed to,” Crawley mentioned at a digital press convention on Tuesday forward of the fourth Test.

Quizzed whether or not batting will likely be easier within the last Test as will probably be a purple ball sport once more, he answered in affirmative.

“It depends on the pitch obviously, but I do think that it will be slightly easier. I felt that the pink ball was a bit harder (to play) and that ball skidded on quite quickly, which is why Axar got so many wickets through leg before and bowled.”

Axar’s arm ball will likely be a large risk, conceded Crawley.

“I think he still has that ball in his armoury for sure and he’ll still be a massive threat with that one (red ball). But I think it might not skid on with the same pace as the pink ball but it won’t be completely different,” defined Crawley.

Crawley was the one half centurion for England within the final sport.

“Yeah, it’s nice to score some runs. I probably had the best (chance) to face seamers early, but still nice to score some runs, nonetheless,” he mentioned, including that hopefully he can have the game-plan within the last match.

The 23-year-old Crawley, who has performed 11 Tests in his nascent worldwide profession, lavished reward on left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has grabbed 18 wickets from two assessments that he has performed.

“You know, he (Axar) is a very good bowler, especially in these conditions, he has been very accurate, he doesn’t give you much to score, and he has got one that goes straight on, in these conditions, one (to) turn, so he is very good bowler,” mentioned Crawley.

England are out of rivalry from the World Test Championship, whereas India wants a draw or a win to qualify for the summit conflict at Lord’s in opposition to New Zealand.

However, Crawley insisted that it’ll nonetheless be a large sport for the guests.

“It is a large sport. Obviously, an enormous sport for them (India), they need to be within the World (Test) Championship last, so it’s nonetheless tons to play for, whether or not it’s the Test championship or not, you need to win each Test match taking part in,? he signed off.


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