Captain Joe Root says England’s batsmen “shouldn’t be scared” of the pitch or India’s bowlers within the ultimate Test in Ahmedabad beginning on Thursday.
England, 2-1 down after dropping the earlier two Tests, haven’t made a complete larger than 178 of their previous 5 innings.
“The most important thing is we go into it full of confidence,” stated Root.
“We should have no scars from the last two Tests and play in a controlled but fearless way.”
England’s two defeats – by 317 runs within the second Test in Chennai and 10 wickets within the third Test Ahmedabad – have been engineered by India’s spinners, who took 36 of the 40 wickets on pitches providing loads of help.
Batting was particularly troublesome in Ahmedabad, with the third Test over in two days and solely two gamers reaching 50.
Root stated the floor for the fourth Test, to be performed on the identical floor however this time in the course of the day and with a purple ball, appeared “similar” to the pitch from the day-night third Test, when a pink ball was used.
While the pitches have been a supply of debate within the media, Root reiterated that his crew had by no means “moaned” about them.
“Everyone’s opinion on what is a good wicket is different,” he stated.
“As players, all you can do is make sure you play what is in front of you better than the opposition. That is our challenge for this week.”
India captain Virat Kohli stated he “didn’t understand” why the pitches had come into such focus.
“There’s always too much noise and conversation around spinning tracks,” stated Kohli, whose crew will attain the World Test Championship ultimate in the event that they keep away from defeat.
“If you win a Test on day four or five no-one says anything, but if you win in two days everyone pounces on the same issue.
“What’s the thought behind persevering with this narrative and what objective does it serve to proceed this one-sided dialog?”
India can be with out quick bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who left the squad for private causes.
England are likely to recall off-spinner Dom Bess after he was overlooked for their past two Tests.
That would mean at least one of pace bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer being omitted, with the prospect of others from that trio being rested as part of England’s rotation policy.
There are fewer possibilities when it comes to altering the batting line-up, Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence having been dropped for the third Test, although tinkering with the order is an option.
The England camp has been affected by a sickness bug, but Root said all the players had trained, with two members of the backroom staff the worst affected.
“I’ve managed to recover from some Dehli stomach, or Ahmedabad tummy,” Anderson instructed the Tailenders podcast.
“It can be unlikely that we go in with the identical steadiness of crew, so that might imply extra spin.”