England tour of India - Cricket: Third Test may be played on a turning beauty
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: The relaid pitch at the Karnataka State Cricket Associations M Chinnaswamy Stadium has indeed become the talk of the town on the eve of the third Test between England and India.The general consensus is that the pitch would turn out be a "spinners track" given the fact that the Indians just about managed to hold on to a draw in the second Test at Ahemadabad.While the English cricketers preferred to relax with steam and golf, the Indians had a work out in the after noon session. "Thats an unknown quantity, but I expect its suit spin," team coach John Wright said in his brief interaction with reporters after the teams net session on Monday.Wright, who was initially reluctant to talk to the media, finally came out to answer just three questions before he left in the team bus for the hotel. "England player very well in Ahemdabad, probably above themselves and it was a good toss to win," he said.Stating that the team was under no pressure to perform, he said, "We have to win every match that we play. We are one up in the series. We are looking to lift our game from the second Test performance."Asked about what lesson the team had learnt from the draw, the Indian coach promptly replied, "We have to hold our catches and it makes a difference. We worked harder on that aspect today."While, the KSCA secretary and former international cricketer Brijesh Patel remained non-committal, the curator of the pitch G Kasturi Rangan said that "it would be a good sporting wicket." The former Karnataka medium pacer, who has been tending the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch since its inception, however put the onus on the batsmen. "If the batsmen stay at the wicket, itll stay good for all five days. There may be some turn and good bounce on the pitch" he added.However, the cricket grapevine has it that the doctor (rather the Board) has ordered a turning track. "The pitch will turn from the afternoon of the first day. I wont be surprised if the match doesnt last beyond the fourth day," an official said on condition of anonymity.