India v England 3rd Test Ahmedabad

Joe Root believes a seam-orientated third Test could prove to be to England’s advantage and leaves them in “a great position” at the halfway stage of the series.

While Root, England’s captain, was adamant the pitch in Ahmedabad would provide assistance to spin bowlers at some stage, he also suggested the fact that the game is a day-night encounter involving a pink ball could prove encouraging for seam bowlers.

In the only previous day-night Test played in India, in Kolkata in November 2019, seam bowlers took all but one of the wickets to fall with India’s spinners bowling only seven overs in the match. At the same time, England’s seamers have been pleasantly surprised by the assistance provided by the pink SG in training and know that, in India’s previous pink-ball Test, in Adelaide in December, they were bowled out for 36 in their second innings.

Given England’s obvious struggles against spin in the second Test, when they were defeated by more than 300 runs, any suggestion that conditions will favour seam bowling is likely to be seized upon with relief. As a result, England could be persuaded to go into the Test with only one frontline spin bowler and choose to play an extra seamer, instead.

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