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We won't complain if pitches in India spin from ball one, says England's Ollie Pope

26-year-old, a right-handed middle-order batter, did not shy away from the thought that the nature of pitches will be a hot topic of discussion during the series

PTI London Published 14.01.24, 06:23 AM
Ollie Pope.

Ollie Pope. File picture

England vice-captain Ollie Pope said his side won’t complain if India offer pitches assisting spin from the first ball itself during their five-match Test tour, beginning on January 25.

The 26-year-old Pope, a right-handed middle-order batter, did not shy away from the thought that the nature of pitches will be a hot topic of discussion during the series.

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“There will be a lot of outside noise. And pitches can be a massive talking point. But you have to remember the two teams are playing on the exact same wicket, so we just need to be as well-equipped as we can,” Pope was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“In England, we might leave more grass on the pitch to suit our amazing seamers, so it’s no surprise if India do the same to suit their spinners,” he said before England flew out to Abu Dhabi for a training camp ahead of the Test series.

The nature of pitches made the headlines recently after India won a Test in Cape Town inside two days.

Pope also did not mind low-scoring Test matches.

“I actually think low-scoring Test matches (where the ball has the edge over the bat) are pretty amazing to watch,” he said.

“I saw a fair bit of South Africa versus India and it was great: guys scoring seriously tough runs and the ball flying through.

“The scores could be similar in India but if the pitches spin from ball one we won’t be complaining. It’s about finding a method to combat it.”

Pope was part of the team which lost 1-3 in India three years ago.

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