Pink Ball Test: England’s WTC hopes hang by a thread against India awaits


England should register their first win in a pink-ball Test overseas if they’re to maintain their hopes alive of qualifying for this 12 months’s World Test Championship closing once they face-off against India on the world’s largest cricket stadium from Wednesday.

New Zealand have already booked their spot for the inaugural WTC closing to be held at Lord’s later this 12 months, leaving India, England and Australia vying for the opposite.

The four-Test sequence between India and England is presently tied at 1-1 on the midway stage and Joe Root’s males might want to win the remaining matches to qualify. The activity seems a tad less complicated for Virat Kohli’s facet, with the hosts needing to win no less than one Test and keep away from defeat within the different.

Australia’s cancelled journey to South Africa implies that Tim Paine’s facet are depending on India and England and would want a drawn sequence or a 2-1 win in favour of the touring facet to arrange a WTC closing conflict against their trans-Tasman rivals.

England have barely extra expertise of taking part in day-night Tests than their hosts however do not need an exemplary file outdoors their dwelling comforts.

They beat West Indies at Birmingham however misplaced in Adelaide and Auckland and the Feb. 24-28 Test underneath floodlights at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium shall be their fourth outing. The refurbished stadium, with a capability of 110,000, has displaced the Melbourne Cricket Ground because the world’s largest for cricket and would be the venue for the remaining Tests.

Local authorities have allowed 50% capability for the day-night match – solely the second in India after the one against neighbouring Bangladesh at Eden Garden in Kolkata in 2019.

Seamer James Anderson, England’s most prolific bowler, mentioned he felt the pink ball swung a bit extra within the air throughout follow than the standard crimson one.”We’ve acquired a little little bit of expertise with the pink ball however that is simply the second Test in India, the primary one in February as nicely so we don’t understand how it’s going to behave,” the 38-year-old advised reporters.”

The bowlers who get the ball of their hand come the Test match shall be hopeful of it doing one thing and we’ll be hopeful that that offers us a little little bit of an edge. “Obviously, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed if I do play and we bowl first, I’ll be hoping it does a little bit.”

The hosts may also obtain a increase with the return of rested tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah whereas senior quick bowler Ishant Sharma is anticipated to play his one hundredth Test match throughout the day-night affair.



Feb. 24-28 (1430 native/0900 GMT) WHERE?

Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad (55,000 restricted capability) MATCH OFFICIALS (all Indian)

Umpires: Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary Third umpire: C Shamshuddin

Match referee: Javagal Srinath


World rating: 2

Coach: Ravi Shastri

Captain: Virat Kohli

Squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.


World rating: 4

Coach: Chris Silverwood

Captain: Joe Root

Squad: Joe Root, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


2012- India received by 9 wickets

2001- Match drawn


First Test (Chennai): England received by 227 runs

Second Test (Chennai): India received by 317 runs




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