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'Seat colour at Motera can make it hard for fielders to spot pink ball'

Source: ANI
February 22, 2021 21:52 IST
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England assistant batting coach Graham Thorpe on Monday said that the coloured seating at the newly-built Motera stadium could make the job of the fielders a little bit harder in terms of citing the pink ball in the day-night Test.


The four-match series between India and England currently stands level at 1-1 and now both teams will lock horns in a pink-ball Test from Wednesday at the Motera Stadium.

"I mean, having had the practice sessions, the ball did move around. Like anything, batting can be dependent on how you are being bowled to. It is about having an understanding of what is going on. If you execute well then you are giving yourself a chance of scoring runs in any conditions.

"The side screens are in place, so hopefully, in terms of coming out of the seats, the seating has a certain colouring, so it can be a little harder for the fielders, we have to see how it plays out," said Thorpe while replying to a query during a virtual press conference on Monday.

When asked about the challenges of playing in the pink-ball Test, Thorpe replied: "Half-day and half-night. We have had our practice sessions, we had one in the evening and we had one in the afternoon. The challenge of facing the pink-ball in changing conditions, we will have to adapt to. It is an unknown quantity, pink ball does a little more in the evening as compared to the afternoon, we will have to take a look at the pitch as well when it comes to tackling spinners during the day-time," said Thorpe.

Zak Crawley had missed the first two Tests against India after slipping in the dressing room, but the right-handed batsman is now back in the mix for selection in the upcoming day-night Test.

"It is very important for others to step up, Joe Root has been in remarkable form this winter. We have always talked about building the partnerships together and hopefully that leads to getting the first innings runs, clear in the mind, looking forward to the upcoming Test. Zak Crawley is looking really fit, he will be certainly in the mix and his injury seems to have healed," said Thorpe.

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