The fans are all geared up to witness the third game of the four-match series between India and England, which will be played with the pink ball at the newly constructed Motera Stadium.
Of late, a lot has been talked about how the pink ball is likely to behave in what will be a crucial game for both sides. England fast bowler James Anderson, who played an instrumental role in England’s 227-run victory in the first Test, believes that the ball is unlikely to reverse unless the pitch turns out to be a lot abrasive.
“It feels very similar to the Dukes in the hand. I think we will be unlikely to see a reverse. It depends on the pitch. If the pitch is abrasive you might see a bit of reverse, but from how we’ve bowled it in the nets I would be very surprised if it does reverse.”
Anderson said that due to the extra lacquer applied on the pink ball, it becomes a lot harder as compared to the red ball. Nevertheless, the England team is practising with both new and old balls in a bid to be prepared for all conditions.
“It doesn’t feel a lot different (to other brands of the pink ball). What we have found with all the pink balls, it seems like they have an extra bit of lacquer on them so it feels a bit more plastic, the coating, rather than on the red ball where you can feel the leather. It may well stay a bit harder for longer. We’ll have to wait and see how it reacts after 40-50 0vers.”
“It’s all about assessing the conditions. We’ve got a couple of balls that are really old. We’ve been practising with that and they are doing absolutely nothing. I think it’s important we do that because you still need the option of taking wickets when it’s not swinging around.”
The 4-match Test series is currently tied at 1-1. The third Test is of utmost importance to both sides, given their spots for the World Test Championship final is at stake. It remains to be seen who wins the Test and takes the lead in the series.