VISAKHAPATNAM: After an exciting draw in the first Test at Rajkot, resilient England will take on World No. 1 Test side, India in the second Test at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
England’s raw spin trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari shared 13 wickets between them to force the mighty Indians on the backfoot in the drawn first Test in Rajkot.
Leg-spinner Rashid led the charge with seven wickets as the hosts held on to a tense draw after losing six quick wickets on the final afternoon.
On the same track, India’s famed spin attack struggled, with the world number one bowler Ravichandran Ashwin returning a dismal 3-230 ─ his worst bowling figures at home since December 2012.
“I thought they bowled excellently as a group of three spinners,” Cook was quoted by Dawn.com while speaking to media ahead of the second Test beginning on Thursday.
“Credit to Saqi (Saqlain) coming in and giving those guys confidence to go out and play. They are inexperienced in these conditions but they took a big step forward and it’s great to see that.”
“If they continue at that level, like in Rajkot, then there is no reason why we can’t put pressure on Indian batting with our spinners.”
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