Andrew Strauss criticized England batsmen after they got bowled out for 205 on the 1st day of the fourth and final Test against India at Ahmedabad on Thursday, 4th March.
Andrew Strauss criticized England batsmen rather than the pitch, for a change, after yet another poor performance from the visiting team against India in the ongoing fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad.
Andrew Strauss: England’s Batting In These Conditions Isn’t Good Enough
Andrew Strauss has been vocal in his criticism of the Ahmedabad pitch after the previous Test match ended in 2 days with India winning by 10 wickets. The fourth Test, even though it’s taking place at the same venue, is being played on a different pitch with this one not turning as much as the previous one.
England however, couldn’t make use of the perfect batting conditions on Thursday and got bowled out for 205 in less than 3 sessions on the first day. The English batsmen once again struggled against Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, with the spin duo grabbing 7 wickets in the first innings.
Looking at England’s performance, Andrew Strauss accepted that their batsmen are just not good enough to deal with the conditions in India.
“The Indian bowling was good, we’ve come to expect good quality Indian bowling… but let’s not hide away from the truth: England’s batting in these conditions is not good enough, quite frankly. You can think of all sorts of excuses around pitches and balls and inexperience, but if you want to win in India you have got to find a way of getting first-innings runs and England haven’t been able to do that,” Strauss said on Channel 4.
Axar Patel bagged 4 scalps, Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3 scalps while Washington Sundar took a solitary wicket as England got bowled out in 75.5 overs after electing to bat first on a surface that did not aid spinners that much.
India Are 80/4 In 37.5 Overs
India, who are 2-1 up in the four-Test series, reached 24 for 1 at stumps on Day 1 and will be confident against a spin-heavy England attack on Day 2 with James Anderson as the lone frontline seamer, while Ben Stokes battles an upset stomach. Rohit Sharma was batting on eight and Cheteshwar Pujara was on 15 with the hosts 181 behind.
On the 2nd day, India lost the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara for 17 and skipper Virat Kohli who fell without troubling the scorers. Shubman Gill was earlier dismissed without opening his account. Rohit Sharma is batting on 32 while Ajinkya Rahane fell to James Anderson after scoring 27. India is reeling at 80/4 at lunch break on Day 2.
All-rounder Ben Stokes accounted for skipper Virat Kohli’s prized scalp while Jack Leach and James Anderson were also among the wickets. Ben Stokes had top-scored with 55 in England’s 1st innings. India trail by 125 runs.