The eagerly anticipated cricket clash between England and India is set to unfold with a five-game Test series commencing on January 25. England’s batting lineup, armed with a new proactive bazball approach, faces a formidable challenge against India’s spinners. Historically, India has proven to be a formidable battleground for visiting teams, making winning Test series a monumental task. The clash takes on added significance for England as they look to redeem themselves after a 3-1 defeat in their previous Test series in India, where spinners exploited turning tracks to dominate. The upcoming series is a litmus test for England’s revamped strategy, particularly against the backdrop of their previous struggles against Indian spinners. The visitors will not only need to contend with India’s spinning prowess but also strive to outperform their counterparts. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the series, the stage is set for a captivating contest between England’s bold approach and India’s spin mastery.
England have announced the XI against India for the first test in Hyderabad. James Anderson is not in the XI and Mark Wood has been favoured. In the lead-up to the first test match against India in Hyderabad, Ben Stokes discussed the inclusion of Mark Wood in the playing XI, highlighting the fast bowler’s formidable attributes. Stokes emphasized Wood’s ability to generate high pace, citing it as a crucial factor that makes him an impactful player.
Ben Stokes Warns India About Mark Wood Threat
According to Stokes, Wood’s deliveries at a speed of 90 miles per hour, especially with the reverse swing, pose a significant challenge for opposing batsmen. The English all-rounder sees Wood as a potent weapon in their arsenal, particularly in utilizing him for short and sharp spells during the match. Stokes expressed confidence in Wood’s effectiveness and stressed the team’s strategic approach to optimize his pace in brief bursts rather than extended spells. The decision to favor Mark Wood over James Anderson in the playing XI signifies England’s intent to leverage Wood’s express pace as a game-changing asset in the opening test against India.
Ben Stokes said: “Obviously, what he brings with his high pace…he is a real impact builder. Bowling the 90 mile an hour with a reversing ball is obviously going to be very difficult to play against. He’s another weapon which you can use out here with short, sharp spells, wanting him to be bowling as fast as he can and short periods. There’re no worries about these long spells because that’s how we’re going to use him this week.”
Ben Stokes vs Ravichandran Ashwin in Test cricket:
Runs – 214
Balls – 570
Outs – 11
Average – 19.5
Proper dominance by Ashwin. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/b8yyjs9kIU
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 24, 2024