The deteriorating pitch right here has been a topic of intense debate with former greats like Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan sparring on social media whereas England assistant coach Graham Thorpe termed it “difficult” on Sunday.
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“The primary Check in Sri Lanka spun from ball one. We perceive all of it as a enjoying group, possibly it is an academic factor for somebody exterior the group however in the event you’re within the sub-continent, wickets spin,” Patel mentioned on the media interplay on the finish of third day’s play.
“The ball will get softer faster, it would not seam as a lot, so there must be one thing within the wicket. Has it accelerated a bit shortly? Most likely so, however that’s enjoying within the sub-continent, like when groups come to England or different locations the place it seams round,” he added.
England had been struggling at 53 for 3 in pursuit of an unbelievable 482 to win on the finish of the third day which noticed Ravichandran Ashwin rating his fifth Check ton and Kohli hit a half-century.
“In fact, I believe Ashwin and Kohli had been improbable. Within the second innings, Kohli acquired all the way down to the ball, the way in which he acquired throughout the stumps. Ashwin got here in and swept early and acquired the sphere he needed.
“They (India) are in a really robust place. there is no doubt about that, we’ll need to work actually laborious to get a few of that again,” Patel mentioned.
With 429 extra runs required in two days for an unbelievable win and a protracted technique to go, Patel mentioned it was about staying optimistic, including if “we sit again and attempt to defend for 2 days we aren’t going to have a lot success.”
“It is nearly staying optimistic. We have strokemakers within the group and we wish them to precise themselves. That is been one of many strengths within the three Check matches now we have performed within the sub-continent.”
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Patel additionally mentioned younger batsman Dan Lawrence “was improbable this night”.
“It is precisely how he desires to play cricket and precisely how he can contribute to this crew. So it was good to see him go,” he mentioned.
He mentioned there have been positives to be taken from the sport, including the spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach had performed nicely.
“There’s positives to take kind each sport of cricket, would not matter in the event you’re on the successful facet or not. The improbable factor is Moeen Ali bowled 60 overs in a Check match and has taken eight wickets, most likely ought to have had 9 or 10.
“Jack Leach has continued his enchancment, Ben Foakes has are available and impressed,” he mentioned.
Requested if England skipper Joe Root was fortunate to outlive an enchantment for leg-before in direction of the top of the day which the third umpire turned down on a referral by India, Patel mentioned he would have been dissatisfied if he was given out.
“Let’s be sincere, I might have been dissatisfied if it was given out. Stay it appeared prefer it was possibly exterior the road however replays confirmed it was fairly shut. However, the umpire’s name is shut sufficient,” Patel mentioned.