England didn’t count on the third Test pitch in Motera to spin so early however regardless of that the end result of the match may have been totally different had the guests scored greater than 200 of their first innings, new spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel stated on Monday.
England scored 112 and 81 within the two innings after opting to bat they usually fell to the guile of Indian spinners, led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, who took 19 England wickets amongst them, to lose the primary Test by 10 wickets inside two days.
“Look, it is India, it is Asia. We expect to get spinning surfaces, may be we did not expect to take spin as early as it did and hence the line-up we picked. It was a tough pitch to play on and we got on the wrong side of it,” Patel stated in a digital media convention.
“In the first innings when we won the toss, 112 was not going to be enough on any surface — spinning, flat or seaming. We were excited when we bowled India out for 140-odd. But again it did not click in second innings.
“If we had scored 200 or 230 within the first innings, the sport may have been totally different.”
Patel said England expect the fourth and final Test pitch, starting in Ahmedabad on Thursday, to also be a spinning track but said the visitors are eager to “punch again” from the two straight losses.
“The efficiency of Axar and Ashwin have been the query of the sequence actually. They have been unbelievable and it’s now for us to fight them. The dialog is to not go away from being constructive and (we’re) trying to rating.
“One thing this England side have done recently is to face and punch against it. I expect the fourth Test match to be on a spinning wicket and we have to get a way to make sure if we win the toss how we are going to put up a decent total. I think we expect and I expect the team to punch back very hard,” he stated.
He stated the pink ball additionally didn’t behave the best way England thought it could “in terms of the pitch”.
“Pink ball reacted differently and it did not go the way we thought it would go. We had a plan but it did not quite work,” stated the 40-year-old former New Zealand off-spinner, who has performed 24 Tests, 43 ODIs and 11 T20Is.
Asked if there can be modifications within the staff for the fourth Test, he stated, “Not necessarily. It will be about being smart how we go about it.
“The pink ball had so many unknowns actually and the way it will react when it comes to the wicket we didn’t know. You are by no means positive how issues are going to play in Asia.”
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