IND v. ENG: The point of being a test batsman is that you can handle all the conditions, says Ben Stokes

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Rejecting the ongoing talks about spin-off pitches in India, the all-encompassing Englishman Ben Stokes said that the players of the test should be experienced in dealing with any conditions.

Before the day / night test here, starting on Wednesday, Stokes wondered how the newly updated Motera strip would behave, but at the same time stressed that players on the highest flight should be able to cope with everything they face.

“The thing about a test batsman is that you have to be able to handle all kinds of conditions. India is one of the places where it’s much harder for foreign batsmen to come and be successful, but then England,” he wrote in a column. for the Daily Mirror.

“And that’s part of the game, the challenges and why we love it,” he said.

Turntables in India became a conversation during the ongoing series when some former England players such as Michael Vaughn asked if such bands were ideal for test cricket.

The series is 1-1 after a brilliant triumph of 317 draws of India in the second test in Chennai. Stokes’ bowling odds of just two overs in that game raised a few eyebrows, but he said it was.

“Don’t read too much about the fact that I didn’t take a huge amount in the second game, I’m sure if I was a green seamstress, I would make a lot more.

“I think there could be more reason to go under the lights in the next game if that will help the team.”

Many are at stake for both India and England in the four-match streak, as the final place in the World Cup is still pending. While India will have to win one and pull the other to make it, England will have to triumph in the other two games.

Stokes said no one had the slightest idea how the track would behave.

“Generally around the world, when these pink ball games are played, there is always a period when the ball starts to do a little under the lights and that puts the tailors right in the game,” Stokes wrote.

“It will be huge for us here. And in a whole new place that looks pretty impressive, no one will know how to react.

“We have a good spin department, but we hope that under the right conditions we certainly have a seam department to support them strongly.”

Stokes said that the triumph of the test of the English team, which toured in 2012, is an inspiration for the current country.

“There are not too many teams coming from India with a series of victories.

“The boys from 2012 are rightly proud of their achievements, and the rest of us want to join Ruthie, Johnny, Jimmy and Brody to achieve it for ourselves and what a chance we have,” said the 29-year-old.

The result of the first two tests was largely decided by the team, which first hit and published a huge sum. If it was England in the first test, India did the same in the second. Stokes acknowledged the “pressure on the dashboard.”

“The pressure of the scoreboard in test cricket is perhaps most pronounced in the subcontinent and plays a huge role in trying to win the game.

“The good thing is that we know what it takes to win here, so it’s about putting it into practice one more time, learning what we can from the second test and doing it this week,” he wrote.



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