English test skipper, Alastair reckons that their inexperienced spinners can go all guns blazing keep troubling the batting depth of Indian line-up in the second Test which scheduled to start from Thursday.
The English spin trio comprises of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari are been guided by the inventor of dusra and Pakistani great, Saqlain Mushtaq.
On the eve of the second test, Cook said, “If you continue in that level like in Rajkot then there is no reason why we can’t put pressure on Indian batting with our spinners. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get over the line but we start afresh 0-0 at the start of the second Test. And we are here to give India a run for their money.”
Praising the spin trio, Cook said, “They bowled excellently as a group of three spinners. Everyone came to the party and they took a massive step forward from where they operated in Bangladesh. They can take a lot from that, we as a side can take a lot of that performance and credit to Saqlain coming in and giving those guys confidence to go out and play. They are inexperienced in these conditions but they took a big step forward and it’s great to see that.”
On the other hand, England does have a strong pace trio as well comprising Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes. Talking about them English skipper said, “It’s great we have got that balance of seamers as well. Six bowlers in these conditions give me a lot of balance as captain. If there are a dodgy few overs, we can change it up. We are not relying on four bowlers. Every one of those guys contributed and the challenge is now come and do it again.”
Talking about the stats at Vizag, Cook said, “I think judging by statistics here everyone is telling us the pitch will turn more and more as the game goes on so the toss is important but it does not guarantee anything.”
He further added, “If we happen to lose the toss then it happens to be another challenge that we have to try and overcome. Certainly, an advantage in these conditions to bat first. Hopefully, Virat winning seven in a row, he’s got a few to lose.”
Talking about the comeback of English pacer spearhead James Anderson, Cook said, “That is the kind of the question we have got to ask ourselves. Jimmy has come over and done really well in the nets. Last time he bowled in a game was in August so we kind of weigh that up with a couple of guys who have been out here for seven weeks or so. Just now we are going in with a few heads with what we are going to do.”
Cook concluded by assessing their effort in the first test, he said, “The way we played was particularly pleasing over the five days we were really relentless with our game. A couple of dropped catches here and there but does happen in every game but apart from that we were excellent with the ball.”