England are prepared for something India’s groundstaff throw at them within the coming weeks, with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes recalling the “horrific wickets” that greeted them on their earlier Test tour.
The guests made the brief flight from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, nonetheless basking of their gorgeous first-Test victory however with minds already turning to their subsequent task.
Three years in the past they discovered themselves in the same place, 1-0 up after successful the sequence opener, and proceeded to lose the subsequent three by crushing margins because the pitches in Chennai and Ahmedabad supplied extravagant flip from the off.
With India’s spinners operating riot, England had a high rating of 205 in six innings, and it will be no nice shock if the hosts tried to serve up comparable surfaces after their shock defeat final day out.
- England 246 & 420
- India 436 & 202
- England received by 28 runs
Foakes was a part of the facet that was bamboozled on bone dry tracks in 2021 and remembers the journey with a grimace.
“The last time we were here all three were probably the worst pitches I’ve batted on,” stated Foakes.
“From memory that first Test was played on a flat wicket and then they went to raging bunsens (turners). Going into that, I was thinking ‘oh, these are horrific wickets, I just need to find a way to stay in’.
“I don’t know (if it will be the same again) but it will be interesting to see.”
India captain Rohit Sharma had his say on the matter not too long ago when his facet defeated South Africa on a inexperienced seamer in Cape Town, telling reporters: “I don’t mind playing on pitches like this as long as everyone keeps their mouth shut in India and doesn’t complain about Indian pitches.”
But simply as they discovered a strategy to prevail within the Proteas’ personal situations, Foakes feels assured England at the moment are capable of win a trial by spin.
It was the vacationers who batted finest in opposition to the turning ball in Hyderabad, with Ollie Pope’s magnificent 196 exemplifying the staff’s shared dedication to sweeping, reverse sweeping and ramping.
Debutant spinner Tom Hartley then claimed seven wickets to outshine the house assault, leaving England content material that they’ve the instruments to succeed if India lean onerous on residence comforts once more.
“I think the way some of the lads have played it with their sweep shots can definitely counter the extreme spin,” stated Foakes.
“Obviously Popey put on a bit of a masterclass in how to do that, so I think quite a few of the lads have a game plan that will do well on those pitches. If that’s the situation you’ve got to be positive, put it back on the bowler and put them under pressure.
“It’s more of a mindset shift of how to go about it because in those conditions the bowler is massive favourite to win the contest so it’s how many blows you can put in.
“Before there was more of a fear of getting out and that put us in our shells. Now there’s not that worrying about getting out.”
Foakes’ look within the sequence opener was his first because the agonising one-run defeat in Wellington nearly a 12 months in the past. He was dropped for the Ashes, with England restoring the fit-again Jonny Bairstow to holding duties.
It was not the primary time he has discovered his world-class glovework sacrificed for the staff’s steadiness however he justified his recall.
His second-innings stand of 112 with Pope was the most important of the match after which he completed a tidy recreation behind the stumps with two stumpings off Hartley.
“I obviously found it difficult (to miss the Ashes). You go through a few emotions. But there were no hard feelings,” he stated.
“It still sucks getting dropped but I have come back a few times. I don’t see it as anything personal: someone picks you or picks someone else. There is no issue or anything like that. You are picked for a job and you come and try to do your best.”