Graham Thorpe hopes a “rejuvenated” Jonny Bairstow will help England recover from their crushing second-Test defeat to India when they meet in the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad. Both teams will now have to cope with the challenge of a pink ball as they meet in a day-night Test for the first time.
“Jonny has practised very well over the last few days. He has looked fine in the nets and maybe that mental freshness can be a really positive,” said England batting coach Thorpe. “The players come in a little bit more mentally fresher. They are more rejuvenated when they come back in after a break. Sometimes the benefits are you go away, you don’t overthink things as if you had been playing, and that can be beneficial sometimes.”
“Our practice has been getting used to the pink ball again and picking up the length,” he added. “It’s really about how well the players adjust to those conditions whether they are batting or bowling and the team who reacts the best will have a good chance of coming out on top.”
“He’s a fine bowler in those conditions,” Thorpe continued. “In terms of working with the players, it was important to get a good clear mind and push that game away and try and reflect on what we could have done better. It comes back to similar things, trusts your footwork and trust in your defence and stay calm.”