A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: India’s spin-friendly pitches should not be a big surprise for England, says Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist believes there is no reason as to why England should be unprepared for the conditions they will face in India

Australia wicketkeeping legend Adam Gilchrist has announced that England should not be surprised by playing on spin-friendly pitches throughout their Test series against India since the subcontinent is famous for those types of conditions.

England will play their first Test against the Indians on November 15 at Ahmedabad.

“England I am sure wouldn’t be surprised if they turn up in the first Test having to play on a turner with two or three spinners in the Indian squad. I think that’s how it should be. That is what you expect when you come to India. I don’t think one should be too cautious about it. They will get to face their spinners in the nets, which would be of some help. Same would be for India when they visit England where they wouldn’t be surprised to face three or four fast bowlers in the host team waiting eagerly to swing the ball exploiting the juice in the pitch, Gilchrist said.

When asked about his opinion on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to authorise day-night Test matches, Gilchrist noted that he preferred the “traditional way of cricket” since conditions for both batsmen and bowlers remain the same throughout the day.

“In my personal perspective, I love the traditional way of cricket and haven’t heard too many players saying different in this regard, I don’t think the conditions remain the same as the game progresses beyond early afternoon. It is bit unknown whether to pick red ball under lights. It seems like a different proposition,” Gilchrist added.

Gilchrist also mentioned that there was an ongoing intense and heated battle for the ODI team rankings since only 17 points separate the top six nations.

“There is no absolute standout. Although I do think South Africa has proved around the globe by producing better results consistently,” Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist was also asked about whether he preferred having a pure wicketkeeper or a wicketkeeper batsman in the Australian squad, and he said: “I would prefer a wicketkeeper who is going to hang on to the chances than having a wicketkeeper-batsman dropping catches. Obviously they will be developing their batting anyway. However, modern cricket demands that each player should have two strings of abilities to improve team’s chances. Quickies and spinners having capabilities to bat and hit the ball out of the ground is a bonus to a side.”

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