India warn England to face spin onslaught

Afp, Chennai

13 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

India warned England on Friday to watch out for its spinners in the second Test as the hosts look to level the series.

India suffered a crushing 227-run loss in the opening Test after England won the toss and kept the spinners at bay on a flat track to rack up a monster first innings total that put them in control.

Chennai's M A Chidambaram stadium remains the venue for the second of the four Tests, but on a different pitch, and India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane backed his spinners to cause the visitors problems this time.

"(The pitch) looks completely different, I am sure it will turn from day number one," Rahane told reporters.

"But again as I said before first Test match, but as I had said before first Test, you have to wait and see how it plays in the first session and take it from there," he said.

The home team will be boosted by the return of crowds for the first time on Indian grounds with the stadium expecting over 15,000 fans each day as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.

England, on the other hand, have left out James Anderson and Dom Bess for the second Test against India, with the visitors naming Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and paceman Olly Stone in their 12.

With speedster Jofra Archer ruled out due an elbow injury, Olly, who played his only Test in July 2019, or Woakes are expected to partner Broad in the Test starting Saturday in Chennai.