Broad eyes Ahmedabad boost

21 February 2021 17:30:07 GMTPlus10

England seamer Stuart Broad believes conditions in Ahmedabad may be slightly in favour of the tourists for the third Test against India.

The four-match series is delicately poised at 1-1 following the first two Tests in Chennai, with the action now switching to Ahmedabad for a day/night clash which starts on Wednesday.

Conditions might be slightly more in our favour.

Stuart Broad

And from the practice he and his colleagues have had with the pink ball which will be in use, Broad has drawn some conclusions on what he thinks might happen.

He told the Daily Mail: "While we were playing in Chennai, those not picked were using the pink SG ball in the nets in readiness for the match in Ahmedabad and the reports are it swings and nips about.

"I've held one and it's harder than the red one, but doesn't look as though it will reverse as much as it has a lacquer rather than leather that will peel away.

"Conditions might be slightly more in our favour, you would probably choose a pink ball if you are looking at evening things up, but we must remember India possess some fine seam bowlers and are at home."

The only previous day/night Test played in India was won by an innings and 46 runs by the hosts against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019.

In that match the Indian seamers took 19 wickets between them, with Ishant Sharma claiming nine and Umesh Yadav eight.

England can be backed at 3.00 to win the third Test in Ahmedabad, with Broad available at 5.00 to be top first innings bowler for the Three Lions.

The tourists are now 29.00 to win the series outright, with India available at 1.28.

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