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India pushing conditions to extremities, we have to find a way to bat well: England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes acknowledged that his side needs to find a way to bat well in tough spinning conditions when they take on India in the final Test. After winning the series opener in Chennai, England suffered back-to-back defeats vs India in the 2nd and 3rd Test matches which were played on turning pitches.

England’s Foakes, who was speaking to reporters at a virtual press conference ahead of the 4th Test, said that his side has been thoroughly outplayed in tricky conditions.

“Obviously, we got thoroughly outplayed. Those were tricky conditions, but they played well. They have a couple of class spinners and we did not have answers to them so I think going forward, we have to be good enough to counter that to score big runs on the board,” Ben Foakes said during a virtual press conference on Sunday.

“I think we know what we are going to get in the last Test in terms of surface. They are pushing their conditions to the extremities and we know it is going to spin from ball number one, it is about finding a way to play well in those conditions.

“The last two pitches are the hardest I have kept on. In the last game the pink-ball was skidding and the amount it was spinning, I have never seen that and it was a challenge to keep on those wickets.

“We have been outplayed in the last two games, but we are in a position to draw the series. We have to put a good performance and if we go away with a 2-2 draw, it will be a good performance,” Foakes added.

“The two pitches I have played on, I have never seen the ball turn like that so I think they were very challenging wickets. They were like Day Five pitches from ball one.

“We just have to grind out and try to put runs on the board. It is not an easy thing to do. If we get out, we get out, but we need to score runs in a hard way.

“It just the extremities of what happened, we have never faced before. It is just trying to learn and trying to develop.

“I think the reaction was not great because we lost quite quickly. But we are in with a chance of registering an awesome achievement if we win the last Test against India,” he added.

India will be looking to make it 3-1 when they take on England in the 4th and final Test in Ahmedabad from March 4. A win or even a draw is enough for Virat Kohli’s men to seal their spot in the final of the World Test Championship.

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