Ben Stokes, England all-rounder has said that pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jofra Archer “have been licking their lips” after the net sessions ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England.
On the eve of the pink-ball Test between India and England from Wednesday 24th February, all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that the pace trio was licking their lips after net sessions which “got really dangerous” under lights.
Ben Stokes: Bowlers Stopped Bowling In The Nets As They Were Worried That Some Of The Batsmen Were Going To Get Injured
Ben Stokes said that he wasn’t sure if the conditions will be the same as the practice sessions but bowlers stopped their bowling in the nets as they feared that batsmen could get injured under lights. Ben Stokes hasn’t fired as expected amassing only 115 runs in the 4 innings averaging 28.75 against India.
“Broady, Jimmy and Jofra have been licking their lips,” Ben Stokes told talkSPORT. “It’s been a completely different game. Whether that’s going to be similar in the middle we’re not sure.When the lights came on, the nets actually got really dangerous. The bowlers had to stop bowling in the nets because we were actually worried that some of the batters were going to get injured.”
James Anderson, 38, himself played the series-opener where he took five wickets in England’s victory but was rested for the second where India emerged triumphant by a massive 317-run margin. It will be interesting to see the fast bowlers that England picks in their playing 11 in the day-night Test given the fact that the addition of Mark Wood in the squad has only given them too many options to choose from.
Stuart Broad went wicketless in the 2nd Test despite bowing 20 overs on a spin-friendly pitch at Chennai while James Anderson picked 5 wickets averaging a meagre 12.6 in the 1st Test and Jofra Archer picked 3 scalps but missed the 2nd Test with an elbow niggle. Olly Stone picked 4 scalps in the two innings combined in the 2nd Test.
Joe Root: The Pitch May Offer Turn At Some Point As One Expects Ball To Spin In The Subcontinent
Further, England skipper Joe Root is preparing himself to play against spin as well. The 30-year-old is sure that spinners will have a role to play sometime in the 3rd Test match.
“It’s going to spin at some point, it’s just a question of when,” he said. “That’s always the case when we come here. We experienced it very early in the last Test, it might not be the case quite so much this time around.Playing against India in the subcontinent you expect the ball to spin. We have to make sure we are in the best place to manage that.”
“If they (India) go in with a similarly balanced team we should be mentally prepared for that and we should have put the work in this week which, from what I have seen, the guys have certainly done. If it is more seam-orientated then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favor and it is about handling those conditions as best we can and try to exploit them with the ball in hand,” Root said.
In the first innings of the first Test at Chennai, England skipper Joe Root played a knock of 218 runs and he also became the first player in the history of cricket to register a double century in his 100th Test. Joe Root followed it up with a quickfire 40 in the second innings as England won by 227 runs.
He managed 6 and 33 in the 2nd Test as Axar Patel dismissed him both times. The spinner Axar Patel who debuted in the 2nd Test didn’t play the first Test owing to injury. Joe Root is the leading run-scorer with 297 runs averaging 74.25 in the 4 innings.