HYDERABAD: England will use an attacking style of cricket in the upcoming five-match Test series, according to speedster Mark Wood, while India’s coach Rahul Dravid expressed confidence in his team’s readiness.
Dravid cautioned that it would be a “challenge” and a “tough series” for the guests. On pitches that should help the spinners, the Three Lions’ “Bazball” all-action style will face its toughest test on Thursday when the series gets underway in Hyderabad. Wood stated, “I don’t think we will be defensive.” “I believe we will continue to try to challenge the game.” In a four-match series that England won 2-1 in 2012, Alastair Cook’s team became the last team to defeat India at home. Durham fast bowler Wood,34, stated, “We have to absorb that pressure and create a little theater or drama on the field and then, when it’s time, attack again.”
Ben Stokes, the captain of England, and former captain of New Zealand, Brendon McCullum, have developed an attacking style of play known as “Bazball,” a play on McCullum’s moniker. “We are aware of the difficulties here. India hardly ever loses at home, he continued. “It’s almost like a free hit for us, where we can come in here, try something different, and give it a good go.”
“All set to go”
However, Dravid expressed his continued confidence in his team’s ability to oppose England’s all-action strategy. Dravid remarked, “They’ve played really well.” “Watching them play has been exciting, and they’ve had success doing it that way.”
The legendary batsman stated that England would not have it easy. We are aware that they will find it difficult in these circumstances as well. We are quite familiar with these conditions,” he remarked. “Our attack is well-versed in our experience. In my capacity as coach, I’m excited to see how our boys react because I know we’ll be under duress and I sincerely hope we do well.
Praiseing England, Dravid stated that he anticipates a “tough series and a good series.” The coach of India revealed that KL Rahul will not be keeping wickets; instead, uncapped Dhruv Jurel will take over for KS Bharat.
Star batsman Virat Kohli’s withdrawal from the first two matches for personal reasons has hurt the hosts, but Wood claimed that they still have a strong lineup of “quality players.” Wood dismissed concerns that England would be “undercooked,” despite criticism from some quarters for their training in Abu Dhabi rather than India. He declared, “I think we’ve prepped really well.” It was beneficial to turn off there as well. We had a productive team-building exercise. Thus, both physically and mentally, we are rested and prepared to go. AFP