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Prepare for another spin test, Rahane tells England

AFP/Ahmedabad
Filed on March 2, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane during a training session. (BCCI)

Rahane said the pitch talk has not affected the Indian players, saying they never complain about seaming tracks on overseas tours

India look to spin out England in the fourth Test on a similar pitch that hosted last week’s two-day match, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Tuesday.

The hosts demolished England in one of the shortest Tests in history to lead the four-match series 2-1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium — the world’s biggest cricket venue — in Ahmedabad.

Both the teams return to the same venue for the final Test after days of intense scrutiny and criticism of the spin-friendly track.

“Wicket will be similar to the third Test match and also the second Test in Chennai. Spinning track,” Rahane told reporters ahead of the Test starting Thursday.

Spinners ruled the competition as England were skittled out for 112 and 81 in a day-night game that lasted just 842 balls — the shortest Test since 1935.

Former England players demanded answers from the International Cricket Council, accusing it of letting the wealthy and powerful Indian board get away with providing poor pitches.

Rahane said the pitch talk has not affected the Indian players, saying they never complain about seaming tracks on overseas tours.

“Talk happening outside is not at all affecting Indian team,” said Rahane. “We are concentrating on what we have to do. When we tour we never complain about pitch.”

It was England’s second successive loss as they bowed out of contention for the World Test Championship final race, but Rahane said India would not be complacent.

“We respect England... They are a very good team, balanced team,” he said.

“We are not taking them lightly. It’s another Test match and we want to go out there and give our best. Equally England would want to give their best and look to win.”

India need a win or a draw to book a clash with New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final and Rahane said they will go for an outright victory.

He also said winning the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June would be “like winning the World Cup”.





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