India v England 3rd Test: talkSPORT Commentators Debrief
Mark Butcher, Kevin Pietersen and Steve Harmison react on talkSPORT 2's exclusive coverage of England's tour of India. To follow the action on talkSPORT 2, download the talkSPORT app, re-tune your DAB radio, listen at talkSPORT.com or tell your smart speaker to ‘play talkSPORT 2’.
Match Summary - India v England, 3rd Test Day 2, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
England 1st Innings: 112 (48.4)
India 1st Innings: 145 (53.2)
Fall of wickets: 4-114 (Ajinkya Rahane-38.2 ov), 5-115 (Rohit Sharma-40.1 ov), 6-117 (Rishabh Pant-41.1 ov), 7-125 (Washington Sundar-45.1 ov), 8-125 (Axar Patel-45.3 ov), 9-134 (Ravichandran Ashwin-49.2 ov), 10-145 (Jasprit Bumrah-53.2 ov)
England 2nd Innings: 81 (30.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Zak Crawley-0.1 ov), 2-0 (Jonny Bairstow-0.3 ov), 3-19 (Dom Sibley-8.3 ov), 4-50 (Ben Stokes-17.2 ov), 5-56 (Joe Root-18.5 ov), 6-66 (Ollie Pope-21.6 ov), 7-68 (Jofra Archer-23.2 ov), 8-80 (Ben Foakes-28.2 ov), 9-80 (Jack Leach-29.4 ov), 10-81 (James Anderson-30.4 ov)
India 2nd Innings: 49-0 (7.4)
Result - India won by 10 wickets
Mark Butcher On the quality of the pitch for the Third Test:
"I have no issue with the ball turning. I've none whatsoever. But we've got fans in the stadium and they spent untold millions on that ground and it could have been spent on anything. And we've just had less than two days of Test match cricket. And I know that there are there are pressures brought to bear in everybody's jobs in all walks of life. But if I were a groundsman and I'd been responsible for the second pitch in Chennai and this pitch here, I'd be embarrassed to show my face at the end of year Christmas party for groundsmen because they were shockers."
Mark Butcher on The Second Test pitch:
"In the second Test match, the game was over when India made 320 and I was there. I saw the pitch before a ball was bowled and it was designed to fall apart on first contact. India were always going to bat again, no matter how big their lead was on that first innings. As it happened, they were 200 ahead, 195 ahead. And so we had a day pretty much where India batted again, getting 400 or so runs. England batting second still didn't make the total England made in the first innings the game was designed, that pitch was designed to last for two days, two and a half days tops, the same as this one."
Kevin Pietersen on two day Test Matches being bad for the game:
"Yes, because it doesn't test your character. And we played Test match cricket where for five days you had to grind it out. I said as a one off, this was entertaining. I don't want to see it in Test form."
Mark Butcher on winning the first Test being a nightmare for England:
"England winning the first Test match was a nightmare for England as far as I'm concerned, because, you know, people were suddenly talking about could they win three test matches and get themselves in the world test championship final? India had not lost more than three Test matches in the previous decade at home, and two of those are to England. They lost twice in that series that KP was playing in. They lost one on an absolute horror pitch with Steve Smith, playing one of the greatest things I've ever seen. And then they lost the game at Chennai, in a decade, four times. So this team, this England side with all these youngsters, blokes have not played there before. No chance of winning the series down there. Let's get real, let alone play brilliantly on the surfaces we've seen in the last two test matches. So, you know, that's that's where we are. And if they come back again, they will be better."
Steve Harmison on how England deal with the result:
"It's something that I think we talk about in this covid world now, which makes this even harder because you can't get out. You know what I would say if we were out there in covid, it would be senior players in the dressing room standing up and being counted, go and get some of the younger players, make sure they're not in a hole. Make sure that you're not just putting an arm around them for an arm around them's sake, but give off positive mentality to get yourselves in a position to stay real in this covid world. Now they just sit in a room to just go back on the Xbox. And that's what worries me even more, because if you start poorly there's a gradual sort of disintegration all the way through."
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