England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said on Monday that Ben Stokes should not forget that he has the ability to put bowlers on his back as he tries to overcome the obvious fights of the star wagon against experienced Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Stokes was fired three times by Ashwin in the first two tests in Chennai. The punch was actually suffocated quite remarkably by the local favorite in the second game.
When asked about Ashwin’s command on the Stokes, Thorpe said: “It’s a challenge. In fact, Ben sometimes has different styles of play. He can also be built into innings.
“I think Ben also has that ability to put a bowler on his back, and that’s something he certainly shouldn’t forget.”
The four test series are currently 1-1.
Thorpe praised Ashwin, saying he could be dangerous to both left-wingers and right-wingers.
“I mean not only for left-handers, if the pitch turns, he (Ashwin) is obviously dangerous, for left-handers and right-handers he is great bowling and in these conditions,” said Thorpe.
The assistant coach also admitted that the guests will have a difficult series ahead.
“I want to say when it comes to working with players that it’s important to get a good clear mind and push this game away and try to think about what we can do better.
“(He comes back) to things like that, trying to really trust the work on your feet, but also to trust your protection and stay calm. But we know we have another difficult week ahead of us,” he said. .
Thorpe also hinted that all players, including Zack Crowley, who was excluded from the first two tests due to injury, are available for selection.
“He (Crowley) looks good and I think we probably have a full set of players to choose from, so he (Crowley) will definitely be in the mix and his injury seems to have healed for me by watching him on the net,” said Thorpe.
Johnny Bairstov, who did well in Sri Lanka, is also certainly in conflict.
“Johnny did well in Sri Lanka, he will return to the combination. All the players are in shape, so we have a choice to enter this match.
“We know what Johnny’s credentials are, he is a good spin player, he has a decent record, he played well in Sri Lanka, so he will definitely come in with a shout,” added the 51-year-old.
The assistant coach also said tailors could have a greater impact on the day-night test, although the track is expected to favor slower bowlers.
“It’s possible, it’s possible, I mean, without looking at it, the crystal ball, but I would imagine that the ball usually swings more under the lights,” he said.
“They (India) don’t have a huge database of pink ball cricket in India, maybe the second, so look forward to it, it’s a fantastic stadium. We’ve prepared as best we can,” he added.