Reece Topley of England anticipates to experience as if he is playing away from home when England faces India in the one-day international series decider at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The northwest of England is the residence of one of the largest Asian communities in the country, and India can generally count on a raucous reception when they play in Manchester.
India defeated England by 10 wickets at the Oval, but the 50-over world champions came back with a 100-run victory at Lord’s to even the three-match series at 1-1.
“I’m expecting a pretty good atmosphere in Manchester, almost like an away game really, but that’s the kind of thing you want to practice,” he said.
“I just have to get ready for that and hopefully win the series. It is a big game. You want those games that you can win or you are out, especially since there will be a (T20) World Cup in October.”
‘It’s about backing it up and going again’: Reece Topley
Given that the left-arm quick took an England ODI record 6-24 at Lord’s, Topley could not be in better shape.
Although the 28-year-time old’s playing cricket was nearly cut short by multiple stress fractures, he made an effort to view his remarkable achievement in a realistic light.
“It was pretty crazy, not something you necessarily set out to do at the start of your career,” he said, “but it is about backing up and going again.”
“It is about having fun while not getting too carried away and trying to win the series for us.” At the end of the day, we are 1-1 in the series. I enjoy it and ride the wave, but there is a lot to play for at the weekend.”
The 3rd ODI match between England and India will be played on 17th July at Old Trafford, Manchester.