England keeper-batter Ben Foakes remains confident of playing on turning pitches if the hosts keep them in the rest of the four Tests in the series as well. He also recalled the 2021 series in India, claiming that they were among the worst tracks he played on as well. Contrary to the pitch that was made for the 1st Test in Hyderabad wasn’t a rank turner. And, England ended up winning in the opening game, registering a 28-run-victory after Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley shone with bat and ball, respectively as well.
Speaking to reporters, here’s what Foakes said, as quoted by BBC: “Quite a few of the lads have a gameplan that will do well on those pitches. That first Test was played on a flat wicket and then they went to raging ‘bunsens’. All three were probably the worst pitches I’ve batted on.”
However, England won the 1st Test also during the 2021 tour against India, with the venue producing a flat track. But the pitches started turning square almost from ball one in the rest three Test matches and they suffered heavy defeats. He also added that there is no fear of turning tracks now, unlike before, as they are ready to take on the hosts.
“It’s more of a mindset shift of how to go about it, because in those conditions the bowler is massive favourite to win the contest. It’s how many blows you can put in.”Before there was a fear of getting out and that put us in our shells. Now it’s not worrying that you are getting out and accepting that you probably are on those sorts of surfaces. You can actually go and dominate at times as well,” Ben Foakes concluded.
The 2nd Test between India and England will begin on February 2nd in Vishakhapatnam.