England batsman Zak Crawley believes the pink-ball Test which will be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is expected to be a contest between the fast bowlers from both countries and hence, it might play into the visitor’s hands.
India defeated England in the second Test by a massive 227-run margin, thanks to a virtuoso performance from R Ashwin. Crawley, during an interaction, said that playing against the moving ball will work to England’s advantage.
“I think it will play into our hands. 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,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“That’s probably why they are unbelievable players of spin because they have grown up with it,” Zak Crawley added.
He, however, insisted that the hosts cannot be taken lightly because of their tremendous seam bowling attack and potent batting line-up. He added that since the pink-ball provides more movement than the red cherry, the spinners will have a huge say in the outcome of the Test.
“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 23-year-old further stated.
“(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 said.
“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,” he added.