Chennai: The second Test between Team India and England will be played from 13 to 17 February. England won the first Test by 227 runs. India are 0–1 behind in the four-match series and the hosts would like to play in the upcoming matches according to their strong sides. At the same time, the guest team will be in a position to repeat the victory. The role of the pitch will be very important in this test.
England’s Ben Foakes, who is preparing to play the wicketkeeper in the second Test, believes that Chepauk will have less bounce on the new pitch and this could provide a quicker turn than the first Test at the same venue.
What can be the pitch?
When asked about how the pitch looks, Ben Foakes said during an online press conference, ‘It is different from the previous match. This is the next soil, dark soil. I think it can be quite slow and maybe bounce less. But I do not have much experience with the pitch but I think so ‘.
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The 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, who has played five Tests, asked PTI on the question whether the pitch would give a quicker turn than usual, saying, ‘I don’t find it easy to read wickets. The last wicket probably played well for two-and-a-half days, maybe a little more. I think this pitch will take a little spin. I don’t want to think about it much further and let’s see what happens on the day of the match and we will try to play according to it ‘.
Fox is ready for the second test
For England, Ben Foakes, who played the last Test in 2019, has received tips from his fellow players and believes that it will help to face the experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who is in good form.
He said, ‘I was talking with the players who played the last match and tried to understand things and took tips. Let’s see if there is a benefit. I will try to adapt them according to my game. I will play according to my limits’.
Ben Foakes said that there is always a doubt in mind after a long break, but he can understand that Jose Butler, meanwhile, performed brilliantly.
Asked if it would be a problem to stand wicket-keeping in front of the off-spinner dom base, Fox said, ‘I think I haven’t done much wicketkeeping in front of him. Probably played with him in the match of Lions (England A team). A lot of time was spent on the nets in front of him. I did wicketkeeping here and in Sri Lanka ‘.
Ben Foakes said that in recent times he has not got much to play so he will have to work on his DRS skills and improve it.