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Ranchi’s enigmatic pitch baffles Stokes as England eye redemption

Ranchi’s enigmatic pitch baffles Stokes as England eye redemption

With a unique pitch, England's need to redeem themselves, and potential team changes, the Ranchi Test promises to be a captivating encounter. Both teams will have to adapt quickly and think on their feet to navigate the uncertainties presented by this unusual playing surface.

India vs England 4th Test (IND vs ENG): England captain Ben Stokes finds himself staring down an unprecedented pitch ahead of the crucial fourth Test against India in Ranchi. The unusual surface, described as “different to anything I’ve seen before” by Stokes, has left both teams guessing and strategizing for what promises to be an unpredictable encounter.

Ranchi Pitch Full of Surprises: Ben Stokes

While the first three Tests offered varied challenges, Ranchi’s pitch throws a curveball with its contradictory appearance. “Green and grassy” from one angle, it transitions to “dark and crumbly” with visible cracks upon closer inspection.

This unusual combination leaves everyone, including Ben Stokes, unsure of how the match will unfold.

“I’ve never seen something like that before. I have got no idea so I don’t know what could happen. If you looked down one side of opposite ends it just looked different to what I am used to seeing, especially out in India,” Ben Stokes told BBC.

“It looked green and grassy up in the changing rooms, but then you go out there it looked different: very dark and crumbly and quite a few cracks in it.”

Visitors seeks Redemption: IND vs ENG 4th Test

Despite securing a thrilling victory in the first Test, England finds itself down 2-1 after heavy defeats in the subsequent matches. Stokes acknowledges the team’s need to bounce back, emphasizing, “Defeats can have a bigger effect than needed, but I’m comfortable with how I addressed it.”

Potential Changes in the Air:

Reports suggest Ollie Robinson might return to the team, bolstering England’s bowling attack. Moreover, Stokes himself is expected to return to bowling, potentially adding another dimension to their strategy.

An Exciting, Unpredictable Clash:

With a unique pitch, England’s need to redeem themselves, and potential team changes, the Ranchi Test promises to be a captivating encounter. Both teams will have to adapt quickly and think on their feet to navigate the uncertainties presented by this unusual playing surface. The question remains: who will seize the advantage and turn the tide in this enthralling series?

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