England batsmen Zak Crawley backed the visitors after they succumbed to two straight defeats against India in the ongoing Test series. After a dominating show in the first Test in Chennai, Joe Root and his men have failed to replicate a similar performance against the dominant Indian team.
Cut short, England’s batsmen have failed to withstand the spin web set up by the Indian team in the red-ball series. Knowing the nature of the tracks in the sub-continent, the visitors have not been able to come up with a retaliating plan so as to put an equally throttling fight.
While Ashwin was still a difficult challenge for the visitors, Axar Patel has added to their woes by completely taken the onslaught by himself. From making his dream debut in the second test to taking 18 wickets in just two matches so far, Axar Patel has been the real cause of alarm for England.
During his interview ahead of the fourth test, Zak Crawley backed his team’s game plans and even expects the similar pitch in the final test.
“I think it will be a very similar pitch this week. Why wouldn’t it be?” Crawley said. “It wasn’t easy to score, for sure. But it was the same for both sides and they played very well. We had our chance, we batted first and started well, but unfortunately we didn’t play as well as we needed to.
“But if it’s the same pitch, I do think it will be slightly easier [this time],” he added. “I felt like the pink ball was a bit harder and therefore skidded on quite quickly, which is why both sides got so many wickets lbw and bowled.
“[Axar] still has that ball in his armoury for sure and he’ll still be a massive threat with that one, but it might not skid on with the same pace as the pink ball, in which case we don’t need to change too much”
Crawley scored a half-century in the first match he played against India in the third Test. He scored 53 runs in the first innings but failed just liked the other England batsmen in the second innings by getting out on a duck.
However, the odds of him in the playing XI became more especially after how he withstood the Indian spin menace in the third Test.