Chennai: The second test between Team India and England will be played February 13-17. England won the first test by 227 races. India are 0-1 behind in the four game series and the hosts would like to play in the next few games depending on their strong teams. At the same time, the guest team will be able to repeat the victory. The role of the field will be very important in this test.
Englishman Ben Foakes, who is preparing to play wicket keeper in the second test, reckons that Chepauk will have less rebound on the new pitch and that it could provide a faster lap than the first test in the same spot.
What can be the pitch?
Asked about the appearance of the pitch, Ben Foakes said in an online press conference: “It’s different from the previous game. This is the next floor, a dark floor. I think it can be quite slow and maybe bounce less. But I don’t have a lot of experience with the field but I think so ”.
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The 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, who has played five tests, told the PTI if the pitch would give a faster lap than usual, saying: “ I don’t find it easy to read the wickets . The last wicket probably played well for two and a half days, maybe a little longer. I think this field will take a bit of a turn. I don’t want to think too much about it and see what happens on match day and we’ll try to play based on that ”.
Fox is ready for the second test
For England, Ben Foakes, who appeared in the last Test in 2019, has received advice from fellow players and believes it will help take on seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who is in good shape.
He said: “ I was talking with the players who played the last game and trying to figure things out and taking advice. Let’s see if there is an advantage. I will try to adapt them according to my game. I will play within my limits ”.
Ben Foakes said there was still some doubt in mind after a long break, but he can understand that Jose Butler, meanwhile, performed brilliantly.
When asked if it would be a problem to hold the wicket in front of the off-spinner dom’s base, Fox said, “ I think I didn’t do a lot of wicket in front of him. Probably played with him in the Lions game (England A team). A lot of time has been spent on the net in front of him. I did the wicket here and in Sri Lanka ”.
Ben Foakes said he hasn’t had much to play lately so he will have to work on his DRS skills and improve them.