India v England: Hosts’ spin ploy could backfire, says Alastair Cook
India v England: Alastair Cook says the hosts' tactics of limiting the tourists exposure to spin in the warm-up games could backfire
Alastair Cook believes India’s tactic of limiting England’s exposure to spin in the run-up to the first Test could backfire.
The tourists have shown good form with the bat in the warm-up games, with Jonathan Trott becoming the fifth England player to score a century in a draw with Haryana.
India’s much-coveted spin bowler Amit Mishra bowled just 17.1 of the hosts’ 193.3 overs, citing a finger injury.
“Everyone in the batting unit is feeling confident now,” said Cook.
“I don’t know if Mishra was injured or not, but he didn’t bowl many overs. Clearly there has been a message of some kind not to bowl spin. Who knows whether it will backfire on India.
“Only the next four games will tell us that.”
Meanwhile, Cook is hoping Steven Finn and Stuart Broad will win their fitness races to be ready for the first Test against India in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
“It is encouraging to see Stuart and Finny back bowling, but the next few days are vital for them and we must go into that game with a fully fit attack,” he said.
“They have to be 100 per cent. Clearly, we’ve got to be very careful.”