Root taking hope from Adelaide

24 February 2021 01:24:54 GMTPlus11

Joe Root hopes India's pink-ball horror-show in Australia before Christmas will give England an edge going into the third Test under floodlights in Ahmedabad.

India were skittled out for just 36 against the Aussies in Adelaide in December in their last pink-ball Test match, though Virat Kohli insists that match merely provides experiences to learn from rather than scars that haven't healed.

If conditions are more seam-orientated, then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favour.

Joe Root

Root, however, feels it could give England an advantage, especially as it's also possible that the tourists' famed seam attack could come into its own.

The series, which is level at 1-1 after two Tests, has so far been dominated by the spinners on crumbling tracks.

And while the England skipper concedes there will be a turn at Ahmedabad, he believes the fact it is a day-night encounter with a pink ball could prove encouraging for the seam bowlers.

And rather than talk about playing three spinners, as was the topic of conversation before the first two games in Chennai, the England selectors are mulling over playing just one in the third Test.

"We are 1-1 with a pink-ball game two days away," Root told cricinfo. "It's a great position to be in.

"Playing against India in the subcontinent you expect the ball to spin and I'm sure at some point it will. But if conditions are more seam-orientated, then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favour.

"If we can exploit that (events in Adelaide), then that's something we will look to do. But you have to earn the right, make early inroads, build pressure for periods of time and put balls in good areas, challenging defences.

Root is 2.87 to be leading 1st innings England runscorer in Ahmedabad, with the tourists 3.00 to win the match.

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