Ahead of the crucial day test night against India, England skipper Joe Root has said that they’re willing to exploit any doubts India might have after their miserable performance in the pink ball Test against Australia, where they were bowled out for a paltry 36 in their second inning. Despite their dismal performance, India bounced back in style and won the games in Melbourne and Brisbane to pull off a historic series win. Root said England need few early wickets to push India on the backfoot.
“If we can exploit that [events in Adelaide] then that’s something we will look to do. But you have to earn the right, make early inroads, build pressure for periods of time and put balls in good areas, challenging defences. That will be our focus; [36 all out] is more for them to worry about, for it to be in the back of their minds,” Joe Root said.
England need to win their remaining two matches to face New Zealand in the summit clash of the World Test Championship. Root further said that playing against India in India in a day-night test is an exciting prospect for the England team.
“We are 1-1 with a pink-ball game two days away, It’s a great position to be in from our perspective. It’s a very exciting prospect for the group.Playing against India in the subcontinent, you expect the ball to spin, and I’m sure at some point it will,” said the England captain.
He said that if the conditions are in favour of the seamers, it will be a big advantage to England as they’re used to playing in those conditions.
“But if conditions are more seam-orientated, then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favour. It’s about handling those conditions as best we can and try to exploit them with ball in hand,” Root added.
India have played just one day night test home and it was a match that was completely dominated by the pacers. Among the 20 Bangladesh wickets, 19 were picked up by the pacers with one batsman being retired hurt.