Zak Crawley thinks England will have the edge in the day-night Test against India if the pink ball swings as much as it has done in training. Batsman Crawley is hoping to return to the England XI in Ahmedabad from Wednesday having missed the first two Tests in Chennai with a wrist injury after slipping outside the changing room.
“I think it will play into our hands,” said Crawley. “We have grown up with those conditions, trying to play the ball late in seaming conditions, so you would say we would be more adept at it than the Indians. That’s probably why they are unbelievable players of spin, because they have grown up with it. That said, they have an unbelievable seam attack and incredible batsmen so it won’t help us too much. They will be more than capable.”
“[The pink ball] seems to be swinging more than the red ball, doing a bit more for the seamers. I expect a bit more seam in this game and for the seamers to have more of a chance than perhaps they did in the last couple of Tests,” he added. “It also seems to be a bit harder so the spinners are skidding it on a bit more. The spinners are still going to have to play a big role and I would be surprised if they produce an absolute green seamer.”
“I have improved quite a bit, doing plenty of batting in the nets, making sure I am as fit as possible for this Test and that there is a chance I can be selected,” he added. “I was one of the first players to go out onto the field, with my spikes on, and basically my feet went out from underneath me. To protect my head, I stuck my hand out and it was one of those freak incidents where my arm took all the weight.”