India’s stick is ‘world class’, must be fair on the money, says Mark Wood
India have a “world class” batting team and bowlers will need to be right about the money to avoid punishment, England point guard Mark Wood said Wednesday ahead of the fifth and final test here. “I think it’s (India) a world-class hitting team. You go through the whole roster and you think, well, he’s a great player, he’s a good player. Rohit Sharma is brilliant, he’s tough to beat in all conditions, ”Wood said in a virtual call-up.
The Indian team has a 2-1 lead in the five-game series, having won the second and fourth Tests at Lords and Oval by 151 and 157 points respectively. The hosts beat the team led by Virat Kohli in the third game at Leeds by a set and 76 points.
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“KL Rahul, I was really impressed with him, he left the bowl very well very early and played very lonely and when he came in he played really well. The openers are two big wickets for us,” a Wood said.
The 31-year-old speedster, who has 64 wickets of 21 tests, said England have plans and backup plans for every batsman in the opposition. “Then you have (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, I mean Kohli is one of the toughest players I’ve played on in any format so it’s a world class roster. , but if you don’t believe it yourself, if you don’t believe you can bring them out, then there’s no point in playing.
“So we believe in ourselves as a group, we have plans for each drummer, we have backup plans, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But when you have such a good batting team to play against you have to be right on the money or they’ll punish you, ”said Wood. Wood said the series was hotly contested and his team “got it wrong” on the last day at Lords, but he was optimistic the hosts would bounce back.
“Although we lose these games, those are the nice margins when you come up against some good hitters, you’re really going to make it count and that’s what we’re trying to do this game, bounce back, put on a really good performance and we let’s hope we can do the same again, “he said. The right-arm pacer also praised the Indian bowlers saying he had immense respect for them.
“I think every team has quality coaches, it’s national cricket, it’s not (some kind) of a school or a cricket club. Every team has fantastic bowlers and I respect this Indian rhythm attack very much, ”said Wood. “I think he’s highly qualified, he’s got pace, they’re all slightly different, with different angles, different actions. It’s great to watch, I mean it’s not great to face as a batsman, but as an opposing player you can get immense respect.
“And (Mohammed) Shami, I was very impressed with him throughout the series. His skill level, his precision and it was difficult for the batsmen on both sides. They are a good bowling team, but we recognize that we will have to fight the best we can. ”Wood also said 30-year-old left-arm England spinner Jack Leach, who has been called up on the tests side, has a“ great chance ”of playing Old Trafford.
“It’s a place that can turn, it’s someone, if he shows up I’m sure India will think hard of him, he did well in India, so he goes there with confidence knowing that “He can release these great players. He’s someone who gives 100 percent,” concluded Wood. The Fifth Test will air on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) from September 10-14 at from 3:30 p.m. IST.