The third Test of the four-Test series between India and England will be played at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad from February 24. This is the first international match to be held at the Motera Ground. With this, India and England will play against each other for the first time in a day-night Test match with a pink ball. This match is considered very important in terms of the outcome of the series. Motera’s pitch is similar to that of Chepauk’s pitch and spin bowlers will have a turn, Team India opener Rohit Sharma told reporters. Meanwhile, England fast bowler James Anderson has also admitted to Rohit that the pitch could be played as a Chennai Test.
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Anderson believes Motera’s pitch is no different than the second match pitch at Chepauk. Speaking at a virtual press conference, he said: “There is grass on the pitch right now. So we have to wait. As a fast bowler, we must be prepared to bowl our best in all situations. It’s great if you get the swing. If it doesn’t, we still have to play our part. ‘England lost 317 against India in the second Test and the English batsmen looked absolutely helpless against spin pair Ashwin and Akshar Patel.
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“I bowled with a pink SG ball in the net session and it swings more than a red SG ball,” Anderson said. “This is India’s second pink ball and it’s the first Test in February. So we don’t know how it will work.” If the second match is not played, it will allow me to become more fit and ground-tested by the pink ball.