Sharma expects trial by spin

22 February 2021 20:25:55 GMTPlus10

Rohit Sharma says England can expect another turning pitch when they face India in Ahmedabad, where the third Test starts on Wednesday morning.

The four-match series is level at 1-1 after England claimed a shock 227-run victory in the first Test before India roared back, winning the second game in Chennai by 317 runs.

"I don't see anything changing in the pitch from what we played on in the second Test.

Rohit Sharma

England were bowled out for 134 and 164 in the second Test as India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav took 17 of the 20 wickets to fall.

The tourists are likely to face another trial by spin in Ahmedabad, where India are playing their first Test match since 2012's nine-wicket victory over England.

India number three Cheteshwar Pujara made unbeaten scores of 206 and 41 in that victory and he will be part of an imposing batting unit for the hosts along with skipper Virat Kohli and opener Sharma, who scored a brilliant 161 in the second Test.

England spinner Moeen Ali, who took eight wickets in the second Test, has been rested for the remainder of the series so the onus will be on slow bowlers Jack Leach and Dom Bess to trouble the home batsmen.

Asked about what kind of surface he expects, Sharma told reporters: "I don't see anything changing in the pitch from what we played on in the second Test. It's going to be turning as well.

"We are professional cricketers. I don't think we should stress so much on the pitch's quality. Both teams get to play on the same pitch. When there are challenging pitches you might fail but what's more important is you learn from that."

India are 1.80 to win the third Test against England and Rohit Sharma is 4.50 to be their top first-innings batsman.

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