Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has warned the Indian batsmen to be cautious against the England pace trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jofra Archer when they face-off in the D/N third Test of the four-match series at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera. Ahmedabad.
The series is level 1-1 with England winning the first Test in Chennai by 227 runs, and then India coming back with a 317-run win in the second Test also played in Chennai. The series has now moved to Ahmedabad, which will host the third and fourth Tests of the series, with the third Test being a day-night pink-ball Test.
James Anderson And Stuart Broad Could Hurt India Badly Even If The Pitch Is Not Conducive To Pacers: Ashish Nehra
As India prepares to face-off against England on a fresh wicket in new ground in Ahmedabad, former India pacer Ashish Nehra talked about the vast experience of two of the England fast bowlers in James Anderson and Stuart Broad have. Anderson has played 158 Tests thus far and Broad has appeared in 145 Tests so far.
“Yes, all three fast bowlers (James Anderson, Jofra Archer & Stuart Broad). You just named two really experienced fast bowlers. One, according to me, the most skillful bowler going around right now – Jofra Archer. These three guys, plus you have Chris Woakes; Olly Stone was looking good, then you have guys like Mark Wood who is back. So, there’s no shortage of pace battery, when it comes to the England team,” Nehra said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Nehra further questioned what the conditions might be in Motera, as it has only hosted a couple of matches in the knockout stages of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy recently. He also had doubts about whether the pink ball will swing in the air and how the wicket will be. Yet he was confident that Broad and Anderson have enough experience to make life difficult for the Indian batsmen.
“But the main question is, yes, the Pink Ball swings also under lights. What kind of a wicket there will be? If the wicket is useful for fast bowling or the wicket is conducive for fast bowling, then these guys can do big damage, but that only time will tell. The kind of talent they have, if there’s anything in the wicket, they will be really good,” Nehra said.
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James Anderson was one of the reasons for England’s victory in the first Test, along with Joe Root, who slammed a double century. Anderson routed the Indian batting in the second innings of the Test, picking up three cheap wickets and hurting India’s chances of chasing down the total or even playing out for a draw.
Broad, on the other hand, played in place of Anderson in the second Test and went wicketless of a pitch that was conducive to spinners and even Broad resorted to bowling leg-cutters to get something out of the pitch. However, Nehra said that both the experienced pacers can be dangerous, irrespective of the surface and conditions.
“Even if there’s not too much help from the wicket, we have seen what James Anderson can do (in the first Test). Stuart Broad can bowl really long spells and trouble the batsman. He didn’t have that good a Test match, the first one which he played, but overall, there’s no shortage of talent, firepower when it comes to fast bowling. So, India should be careful, even on a wicket which might not be useful or helpful for fast bowling,” he added.