Hyderabad will host the first match of the five-match Test series on January 25.
Prior to England’s five-match Test series against India, there have already been conversations and mental exercises on the subcontinent pitches. After the match concluded in fewer than five sessions, many former cricket players criticized the Newlands surface in Cape Town, which recently generated a lot of attention. The captain, Rohit Sharma, then stated that while they had no trouble playing on an uneven field, they expected opposing teams to stay quiet when they played in India’s spin-friendly conditions.
Ollie Pope, an England batsman, said that the visiting squad won’t be grumbling if the ball starts in India on the first day of play. The 26-year-old continued by saying that both sides would play on the same surface since the visitors would be concentrating on fast adapting.
“A lot of outside noise is going to be present. Pitches can also be a great topic of conversation. However, keep in mind that both teams are using the same wicket, so our only goal should be to be as prepared as possible. It’s hardly surprising if India does the same to help their spinners, as we in England could leave extra grass on the field to accommodate our wonderful seamers. Additionally, Pope told the Guardian that he found low-scoring Test matches to be rather entertaining to watch.
I watched a good amount of South Africa vs. India, and it was amazing to watch: players making really hard runs and the ball soaring through. We won’t be moaning if the pitches spin from ball one, even though the scores in India might be comparable. It’s about figuring out how to fight it,” he continued.
Interestingly, England will go to India on January 22, which is three days prior to the first Test match in Hyderabad. Before traveling to India, they will spend a few days training in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the meantime, the hosts and Afghanistan are playing a three-match Twenty20 International series. Following the last Twenty20 International, which takes place in Bengaluru on January 17, they will start training.