Ben Stokes is defending spin-friendly pitches in India


Removing claims that India had deliberately corrected spin-adjusted pitches, England versatile Ben Stokes said the test player should be equipped to handle any situation. He added that both India and England, like other nations that play cricket, have their own set of challenges.

Ben Stokes ’comments came after former England captain Michael Vaughan raised a red flag about turning tracks that interfere with test cricket. While England denied the spin threat to both the pitch and the Indian bowlers in their first winning win of 227 runs, the hosts climbed to a win of 317 runs on the surface in the second match that helped with relatively more spins.

“The thing about being a test hitter is that you have to be able to deal with all kinds of conditions. India is one of the places where it is much harder for overseas hitters to come and be successful, but then so is England. And that’s part of the game, the challenges and why we love it, ”Ben Stokes wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror.

While the spinners licked their lips at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, a test of the pink ball in the redesigned Motera is likely to bring faster bowlers into play. Ben Stokes also reiterated similar feelings, adding that no one knows how the new surface will be played.

“Generally around the world whenever these pink ball games are played, there is always a period when the ball starts to work a little under the lights and brings the sailors right into the game. For us here, it’s going to be huge, ”Ben Stokes mentioned.

“And in a completely new field that looks quite impressive, no one will know how they will react. We have a good spinning department, but we hope that with the right conditions we will certainly have a seam department that will strongly support them, ”added Ben Stokes.

England is the last overseas side to win the Test Series in India. Sir Alastair Cook’s boys beat the hosts 2-1 on the 2012/13 tour.

“The good thing is that we know what it takes to win here” – Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
The only wicket of Ben Stokes in this series is Virat Kohli in the first test [Credits: England Cricket]

A series of four tests stalled at 1-1. Both matches were dictated by the winning team and opted for the bat first, then took advantage of the dazzling rough and cracks that had opened up in the last 2-3 days.

Ben Stokes attributed the trend to “traffic light pressure” as there was a lot of running on the board in the first changes of both tests.

“The pressure on the scoreboard in test cricket is probably the most prominent on the subcontinent and plays a big role in trying to win the game. The good thing is that we know what it takes to win here, so it’s about putting it back in practice, learning what we can from the second test and delivering this week, ”explained Ben Stokes.

The Wickets had a premium for fast engines in the second test, and all-around star Ben Stokes bowled only two cars in the first shift and none in the second. He hinted at sending a few more deliveries with a pink ball.

“Don’t read too much about the fact that I didn’t take a large amount in the second game, I’m sure it was a green sailor, I would have bowled a lot more. I think there may be more reasons to throw myself under the lights in the next game if it will help the team, ”added Ben Stokes.

The third test begins on Wednesday (February 24th). While England need to win the remaining two matches to play New Zealand in the World Cup final in testing, India must win the series with at least one difference to qualify for the clash at the top.

Published February 22, 2021, 12.13


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