Hyderabad. The England team is preparing for a 5-match test series against India. England fast bowler Mark Wood on Tuesday revealed his plans for the Test series against the Indian batsmen. He said that controlling Indian captain Rohit Sharma through judicious use of short pitched balls will be a key part of his and his team’s plan to defeat India in the five-match Test series.
The first Test starts on Thursday and Wood said that despite the slow nature of the pitches, his strategy may help. Wood said in the press conference, “Yes, the circumstances will be assessed when I get out there on the field. Bouncers are rarely used here but the pitch can sometimes be double paced and even if it is slow, it can help the bowlers because the batsman will find it difficult to play shots.
He said, “I know how good a player like Rohit is against the short ball. This does not mean that I will not bowl bouncers. It just means that I have to be very accurate and bowl at the right time.
England is playing aggressive cricket under the leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, but Wood said that the team is also ready to adapt to the conditions. “I think we’ll try to take the game forward,” Wood said. I think sometimes it is wise to strengthen your position and then when the opportunity comes, put pressure back (on India).”
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FIRST PUBLISHED: January 23, 2024, 22:26 IST