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India v England: fourth Test, day one – live! | Sport

The alarm rings shrill however there’s a touch o’spring and a touch o’music within the March evening. In Ahmedabad, nevertheless, there may be little reduction for England, groundhogdayed on the scene of their two-day thrashing, the pitch set to spin, the solar set to shine scorching, and getting hotter – 37 levels by midday.

A illness bug has beset the England camp – I wasn’t anticipating to examine Paul Collingwood’s dicky tummy in fairly such element – in addition to finish of tour-itus beginning to drift heavy. However there have been no naughty boy nets for England’s batsmen who, with 5 successive totals below 200, have endured their worst run with the bat since 1888. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, 42 wickets and counting, watch and wait.

Joe Root, who has carried this batting line-up across the sub-continent on his slender shoulders, has known as for England to be fearless. Assured however not reckless. “It’s having that confidence to play the ball in entrance of you, not having the bags from the earlier supply, not overthinking the pitch, attempting to see issues for what they’re.” If they will try this, and discover the wherewithal to bowl India out twice, they are going to change into the primary abroad workforce to attract a sequence in India since 2012. Dom Bess is predicted to play after lacking out within the second and third Exams “a tricky tablet to swallow”, with Stuart Broad the seamer most definitely to drop away.

For India, something however a loss brings a spot within the remaining of the World Check Championship towards New Zealand in June, simply off the motorway between Southampton and Portsmouth. Provided that they they lose, will Australia sneak by way of of their place.

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India are with out Jasprit Bumrah (private causes) however motivated by criticism of the Ahmedabad pitch, with R Ashwin eloquently questioning the definition of fine and Virat Kohli dismissive of critics of each the pitch and the pink ball. “Why don’t we simply give attention to the truth that the batsmen have been simply not expert sufficient on that pitch to play correctly, and it was a weird show of batting by each groups in a Check match”

Forged your eyes under for the pitch from two days in the past, learn the runes, and see you at 3.45 for the groups and the toss.

Brian Murgatroyd
(@murgersb)

It’s time for #pitchwatch, a few days earlier than the fourth #INDvENG Check in #Ahmedabadpic.twitter.com/6zIE7haZ2G


March 2, 2021

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