India vs England 3rd Test match
• Team India will host England in the 3rd Test of the four-match series from Wednesday (February 24)
• The match will be played at Ahmadabad’s Motera Stadium, with largest sitting capacity among cricket grounds
• The series is nicely poised at 1-1
After the end of the Chennai leg, India and England will meet for the third and penultimate Test of the four-match series at the new Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad on February 24 (Wednesday). Both sides have been competitive so far in the series, which will pave way for the second finalists of the ICC World Test Championship final.
The challenge for the third Test will be different altogether. The red ball will be replaced by the pink ball as this will be the 16th day-night encounter in the purest format of the game. It will be interesting to see how the pink SG ball behaves and is managed by some superstar pacers in both ends, such as Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, etc.
While a lot of noise has been made about the ground -- the world's largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1,10,000 -- the nature of the pitch remains a mystery so far. Traditionally, the pink-ball Test is mainly for seamers, with pacers taking 354 wickets in 15 D/N Tests so far as opposed to 115 scalps by spinners, they are chances that the curator might throw up a turner at the Motera to negate the threat posed by the English pacers.
There is plenty to play for both sides in the upcoming day-night test. With one finalist yet to be decided who will join Kane Williamson-led New Zealand in the inaugural WTC final at Lord's, later in June, the result of this encounter might clear the picture significantly. An unassailable series lead is also on cards for both sides.
Archer: Archer, who did not play the second Test due to an elbow injury, is set to feature in the pink ball game.
Asked if England win can the series from here, Archer said: "Oh yes. I think that's why this next Test is important. If we do go ahead we can always draw (fourth Test).
"We always play to win but this next one puts us in the driver's seat, I think we control the last game if we win this one," he said during a virtual media interaction.
Archer is looking forward to bowling with the pink ball under lights.