IND vs ENG, 2nd Test: England cricket team’s opener Zak Crawley said two days before the second Test match of the five-match series starting in Visakhapatnam that by adopting baseball strategy, most of the players of his team have become better than before. .
Test cricket has always been known for batting comfortably and patiently, but England has changed this trend in recent times and has adopted the strategy of putting pressure on the opposition team by batting aggressively.
Crowley believes that baseball strategy suits most of the team players more. Despite falling behind by 190 runs in the first innings in the first Test in Hyderabad, England defeated India by 28 runs, which shows the team’s fighting spirit and due to this the team was successful in defeating the strong contenders India.
“I think baseball comes naturally to us because a lot of our teams play more aggressively,” Crowley said in a press conference ahead of the second Test starting on Friday, February 2. When I first came into the England team, the mentality was to take time and play long innings and I don’t think I and some others are naturally like that.
He said, ‘Many of our players play a little better with this attitude.’ On the other hand, India is facing a selection crisis after the injuries to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and top order batsman Lokesh Rahul while it also has to find an answer to its poor performance in Hyderabad. The hosts are already playing without star batsman Virat Kohli, who opted out of the first two Tests due to personal reasons.
Asked what it means for the England team, Crawley said his side are more focused on their performance and plans. He said, ‘We have not talked about this. It sounds rote but we focus on ourselves. We don’t care what they are doing.
On Jadeja and Rahul not playing, Crawley said, ‘Two very good players are not playing but looking at their options I am sure that two very good players are coming. So things won’t change much for us.
Ollie Pope used the sweep shot brilliantly against the spinners during his memorable innings of 196 in the first Test and Crawley said it was part of a carefully thought-out strategy.
He said, ‘I think sweep and reverse sweep are good options when the ball is spinning. I think reverse sweep is more common for us because there are less fielders for this shot.