IND vs ENG: Zak Crawley Expects “Very Similar Pitch” But “Slightly Easier To Bat On” Against Red Ball | Cricket News

India vs England, 4th Test: Zak Crawley Expects

Young England opener Zak Crawley on Tuesday echoed opposition vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s sentiments on the Motera strip which he believes can be “similar” in nature however pink ball will make it “slightly easier” for the batsmen. England have been pummelled by India for 317 runs and 10 wickets respectively on successive rank turners and the house workforce want to make it 3-1 of their bid to e book the World Test Championship ultimate berth.

“Yeah, I think it will be a very similar pitch this week. It wasn’t easy to score for sure, but it was the same for both sides, and they played very well compared to us. So, we had our chance to bat first and did well and unfortunately, we didn’t play well as we needed to,” Crawley stated at a digital press convention on Tuesday forward of the fourth Test.

Quizzed whether or not batting can be simpler within the ultimate Test as it will likely be a pink ball recreation once more, he answered in affirmative.

“It depends on the pitch obviously, but I do think that it will be slightly easier. I felt that the pink ball was a bit harder (to play) and that ball skidded on quite quickly, which is why Axar got so many wickets through leg before and bowled.”

Axar’s arm ball can be a large menace, conceded Crawley. “I think he still has that ball in his armoury for sure and he’ll still be a massive threat with that one (red ball). But I think it might not skid on with the same pace as the pink ball but it won’t be completely different,” defined Crawley.

Crawley was the one half centurion for England within the final recreation.

“Yeah, it’s nice to score some runs. I probably had the best (chance) to face seamers early, but still nice to score some runs, nonetheless,” he stated, including that hopefully he can have the game-plan within the ultimate match.

The 23-year-old Crawley, who has performed 11 Tests in his nascent worldwide profession, lavished reward on left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has grabbed 18 wickets from two assessments that he has performed.

“You know, he (Axar) is a very good bowler, especially in these conditions, he has been very accurate, he doesn’t give you much to score, and he has got one that goes straight on, in these conditions, one (to) turn, so he is very good bowler,” stated Crawley.

England are out of rivalry from the World Test Championship, whereas India wants a draw or a win to qualify for the summit conflict at Lord’s towards New Zealand.


However, Crawley insisted that it’ll nonetheless be a large recreation for the guests.

“It is a massive game. Obviously, a big game for them (India), they want to be in the World (Test) Championship final, so it is still lots to play for, whether it is the Test championship or not, you want to win every Test match playing,” he signed off.

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