Amid the debate on the pitch conditions of the pink-ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, England wicket-keeper batsman, Ben Foakes on Sunday said that his side knows that the pitch is going to turn from Day 1 one as the hosts are pushing their conditions to the extremities. India registered a 10-wicket win over England in just a couple of days in the pink-ball Test. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that did not turn and skidded through from the spinners.
Talking about the pitch, Ben Foakes said, “Obviously, we got thoroughly outplayed. Those were tricky conditions, but they played well. They have a couple of class spinners and we did not have answers to them so I think going forward, we have to be good enough to counter that to score big runs on the board. I think we know what we are going to get in the last Test in terms of surface.”
He further added, “They are pushing their conditions to the extremities and we know it is going to spin from ball number one, it is about finding a way to play well in those conditions. The last two pitches are the hardest I have kept on. The last game – the pink-ball was skidding and the amount it was spinning. We have to put a good performance and if we go away with a 2-2 draw, it will be a good performance.”
Talking further about the pitches, Foakes was of the opinion that the pitches he had played, he had never seen the ball turn like that so he thinks they were very challenging wickets. The gloveman also explained that the English team will have to grind out and try to put runs on the board.
Describing the same, Foakes said, “It just the extremities of what happened, we have never faced before. It is just trying to learn and trying to develop. I think the reaction was not great because we lost quite quickly. But we are in with a chance of registering an awesome achievement if we win the last Test against India.”