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‘Patience key in England’

Five-Test series starts with first match in Birmingham on Wednesday

Birmingham: India’s attack will have to show patience to take 20 wickets and in the fickle English weather, it could be a virtue for the batsmen as well, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Monday. The five-Test series starts with the first match in Birmingham on Wednesday.

“There is always help for bowlers in England, but that doesn’t mean it is easier for the bowlers. They need to be patient and bowl in the good areas. They have to back their own skills instead of trying to take wickets from both ends” Rahane said.

During a media interaction two days prior to the series opener, the batsman added, “To bowl patiently and on spot is crucial to success. It is a great opportunity for the bowlers to prove that we can take 20 wickets in a Test match consistently, like we had done in South Africa. Nobody expected us to take 20 wickets in all three Test matches.” As far as his team’s bowling attack was concerned, Rahane was brimming with optimism, despite the absence of strike bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“It is a challenge to bowl in England but I am really confident about them – not only Umesh and Shami but also Ishant, who came here and played some county games.” With his team aiming to win their first series in England since 2007, Rahane stressed on the need to have better communication. -PTI

Match-winning ton at Lord’s

Rahane, the Indian vice-captain had enjoyed the tour of England in 2014, when he had scored a match-winning hundred on a green top at Lord’s and finished with 299 runs in five Tests with two other half-centuries. “We were here in 2014 and we know what it takes to play good cricket here. For us, we want to play good cricket rather than think about the result. If you think about the result you put pressure on yourself.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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