India vs England Test Series – Pitch Controversy: England is thinking to raise a formal complaint against the Ahmedabad wicket. According to a report by Daily Mail, England captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood are likely to formally raise a complaint with Match Referee Javagal Srinath on the condition of wicket where 3rd Test ended in less than two days.
This was the shortest ever test match in terms of number of balls bowled in a completed test since 1935.
According to Coach Chris Silverwood this is the second instance in the series where they are made to play on the underprepared wicket. The wicket in Chennai and then in Ahmedabad saw excessive turn from the start, in breach of ICC regulations.
‘We will be talking about certain things behind the scenes,’ said Silverwood when asked about the pitch at the re-built Narendra Modi Stadium on what should have been the third day. ‘We are disappointed to be sat here when there should be three days left.
‘We have spoken to the match referee once but not about the pitch and now Joe and I have to have a conversation and see where we go with it. I’m not in a position to say what we should or shouldn’t do but I’m not saying we just have to accept the pitch.’
Earlier Root & Silverwood complained to the referee about the umpiring standards and asked for some consistency from the TV Umpire Shamshuddin after he twice rapidly ruled in India’s favour on the first day.
India vs England 4th Test: England All-rounder Chris Woakes flies back home
India vs England 4th Test – Chris Woakes: Meanwhile, England team all-rounder Chris Woakes will not be available for the fourth and final test of the series. Woakes has gone back to England without playing a single match of the series.
Woakes, 31, has endured a frustrating winter with England, having been involved in squads in South Africa, Sri Lanka and now India without playing a single game. Under the England & Wales Cricket Board’s rotation policy, Woakes was sent back to England without playing a single match on the tour.
Woakes missed out on selection in Sri Lanka due to being in close contact of Moeen Ali, who tested positive for Covid-19.
India vs England 4th Test: England all set to bring Dominic Bess in the squad at the expense of a pacer
With the fourth test round the corner, it is expected that the wicket will be a rank turner and will assist the spinners from the outset. This will compel the England captain and the management to tweak changes in their playing XI from the third test match after they wrongly assessed the situations and went in with their 3 front line seam bowlers- Anderson, Broad, and Archer.
With Moeen Ali going to miss the remainder of the series, Dominic Bess will surely be the other option the team will look to include in their final XI for the 4th test to accompany Jack Leach in the spin department.
“He’s in contention,” Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, said. “He was left out of this one because of the potential movement we could have got out of the pink ball. In training, we thought how do we make best use of this pink ball and who we have available?
“We’ve got two bowlers in the top 10 [Broad and Anderson] and if they can move the ball around, they’re a handful. So from Bessy’s point of view I wouldn’t read too much into that. He’s played an important part in helping us win games in the past and I’m sure he will do again in the future.
“He’s been great around the group,” Silverwood added. “We’ve got a good group here who do get around each other and help each other out, keep each other going. You have to do that in bubble life, which is what we’re living in at the moment. We’re lucky we’ve got that sort of environment.”