Pink ball test. England v India. Two very different temperaments whose record in the pink ball test is almost the same. Both England and India have not won a single pink ball test outside their country. Both have received this defeat in Trans-Tasmanian countries, England and Australia. Where England lost in Adelaide and Auckland, India’s Adelaide defeat came only recently.
England’s record is 1-2 in three pink ball test matches, while India has played two pink ball tests so far. After defeating Bangladesh in Kolkata, Team India lost badly in Adelaide. Now both teams have a chance to improve their record in the Pink-Ball Test starting in Ahmedabad from 24 February.
# WTC Final at stake
This test is very important not only to improve the record but also to play the World Test Championship final. New Zealand has already reached the WTC finals. There is a war between Australia, England and India for the second seat. The four-Test series between India and England is equal to 1-1. To go further from here, Joe Root’s team will have to win both the remaining matches. While the Indian team can also go ahead with a win and a draw.
Australia left. Tim Paine’s team will be praying for England’s win or a series draw. If England wins 2–1 or the series draws, then Australia will reach the final. That is, a mistake of England can score not only theirs but also the box of Australia. This has become the mathematics of finals. Now lets return to Ahmedabad.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1363878979946520582&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelallantop.com%2Fbherant%2Find-vs-eng-ahmedabad-pink-ball-test-england-must-not-lose-this-test-to-keep-their-wtc-final-hopes-alive%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=889aa01%3A1612811843556&width=550px
England, who defeated the West Indies in Birmingham, have lost to Adelaide and Auckland. The match at Motera from 24-28 February will be their fourth Pink Ball Day Night Test. This Ahmedabad stadium is completely rebuilt. 50 percent spectators have been allowed to come to the stadium with a capacity of one lakh ten thousand.
# Possible changes
England’s pacers are very excited for the match. James Anderson, Joffra Archer and Stuart Broad all three are eager to play here. Looking at the rotation policy of England, it will be interesting to see which pesers will come down with their English. England can also land on this pitch with four pacers. In such a situation, the base can once again sit outside. Some changes are also possible in England’s batting. Zack Crowley can be given a chance in place of team opener Rory Burns.
Jasprit Bumrah, the lead pacer of the Indian team, is back after the second test of Chennai. Ishant Sharma is all set to play his 100th Test and Umesh Yadav is also fully fit. Umesh has taken 48 wickets in his last 10 Tests at home.
In such a situation, it is expected that the Indian team can land in this Test along with Bumrah, Ishant and Umesh. In such a situation, Mohammad Siraj will have to sit outside. If India landed with three fast bowlers, then Kuldeep Yadav can be put on the bench once again. There does not seem to be any change in the team’s batting order.