‘Ashwin Is Probably The Best Spinner In The World, But…’, Ollie Pope Starts Mind Game Before The India Tour

England Test specialist batter Ollie Pope has said that they will continue to play with their aggressive technique which is ‘Bazball Cricket’ in the upcoming five-match Test Series Against India. India and Australia will face each other in a Test Series which starts on January 25, next year.

Pope was part of England’s squad in 2021 during a challenging Test series in India, where they lost 3-1. He faced difficulties and contributed only 153 runs in eight innings with an average of 19.13. Despite being cautious of India’s formidable bowling attack, the English batter is eager to make the most of every opportunity to score.

The five-match Test series is set to commence in Hyderabad, with the first Test scheduled from January 25-29. The second game will take place in Visakhapatnam from February 2 to 6, Rajkot will host the third match of the series which will be played from February 15 to 19), and the fourth game of the series will be played in Ranchi (February 23-27), and the final Test will be held in Dharamsala from March 7 to 11.

“That is exactly how we are going to see things (taking the aggressive option). It’s about managing your expectations. You want to score a hundred every game, and you’ve failed if you don’t. But in India, it might be that case that a run-a-ball 60 is match-winning, 200 might be a good score on some pitches,” Pope said while speaking to The Telegraph.

Pope also said that if they have to win the series against India, it is very important to keep both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the back foot.

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“There’s a threat to both edges as a right-hander. Ashwin is probably the best spinner in the world, but (Ravindra) Jadeja and Axar are spinning the ball away from the bat sharply. It’s knowing how you want to score; taking on the bowler and putting them under pressure. It’s a tough place to go and win, but we will give it as much of a crack as we can playing our way.”

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