England captain Joe Root expects spin to play a big role during the day-night third Test against India in Ahmedabad. England quick Mark Wood spoke last week about how the tourists’ seamers are itching to get their hands on the pink ball due to the extra swing it is providing.
“The pink ball has got quite a hard seam. It seems to stay harder for longer.” Root said. “Not only will that aid the seamers but I think it will aid the spinners as well – it might give them a little bit more bounce and might turn quicker for longer. It’s about being very aware of that.”
“I am sure at some point the wicket will turn but the majority of Test wickets do at some point. It’s just when and whether it happens off the straight or out of the rough.” he added. “It might be that this pitch deteriorates in a similar fashion to the first one of the series but it might not.”
“We have to be ready to react and the fact the guys are full of confidence and really excited to have a big impact with ball in hand as a seam group is really exciting.” Root continued. “How we operate I don’t think changes. We still have to look to build pressure for long periods of time, try and squeeze the game. Make it very difficult for guys to score freely and score boundaries and try to force an error. Any extra lateral movement will work in our favour.”