We know it’s going to spin from ball one in 4th Test: Foakes
England cricket team made a bold statement when they arrived in Chennai to play the Test series. They won the Test opener by 227 runs and took the first lead in the series. Team India were miles behind in terms of overall performance.
Joe Root scored his fifth double century in his 100th Test and put his team in the strong zone. However, in the second Test match, England fell prey to India’s traps. India made a fantastic comeback by beating the visitors by 317 runs and also registered their biggest Test victory over England in Tests.
While the cricket fraternity expected something special from both teams in the pink-ball Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, it turned out to be a pure one-sided encounter as the match ended within two days itself.
Team India restricted England to 112 and 81 in the first and second innings. England set up a target of just 49 for the hosts. Virat Kohli & Co beat England by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the high-profile series.
England are out of contention for a spot in the ICC World Test Championship final after they lost the third Test. Now, India have a great opportunity to book a ticket to Lord’s to play against New Zealand in the final in June this year. For that to happen, India should not lose the fourth Test.
We know it’s going to spin from the first ball: Ben Foakes
After the third Test match, there has been an ongoing debate over the poor quality of the Motera pitch since the match ended within two days. It is said that India’s governing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is considering to prepare a pitch for the fourth Test match which will be a paradise for the batsmen.
Meanwhile, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes expressed his opinion over the debate on the Motera pitch. He added that the spin will come into play in the fourth and final Test at Narendra Modi Stadium. According to him, there will be spin from ball one itself.
At the same time, the England international appreciated Team India for their incredible performance in the pink-ball Test as the hosts beat the visitors by 10 wickets. “Obviously, we got thoroughly outplayed. Those were tricky conditions, but they played well.
They have a couple of class spinners and we did not have answers to them so I think going forward, we have to be good enough to counter that to score big runs on the board.
“I think we know what we are going to get in the last Test in terms of surface. They are pushing their conditions to the extremities and we know it is going to spin from ball number one, it is about finding a way to play well in those conditions,” the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.