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Ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England, all-rounder Ben Stokes has sad that pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer "have been licking their lips" after the net sessions.


Ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England from Wednesday, all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that his team pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer were licking their lips after net sessions which "got really dangerous".

Stokes said that he was not sure if the conditions will be same as the practice sessions but bowlers halted their outing in the nets as they feared that batsmen could get injured.

"Broady, Jimmy and Jofra have been licking their lips," he told talkSPORT. "It's been a completely different game. Whether that's going to be similar in the middle we're not sure.

"When the lights came on, the nets actually got really dangerous. The bowlers had to stop bowling in the nets because we were actually worried that some of the batters were going to get injured."

Further, England Joe Root is preparing himself to play against spin as well. The 30-year-old is sure that spinners will have a role to play sometime in the match.

"It's going to spin at some point, it's just a question of when," he said. "That's always the case when we come here. We experienced it very early in the last Test, it might not be the case quite so much this time around.

"Playing against India in the subcontinent you expect the ball to spin. We have to make sure we are in the best place to manage that.

"If they (India) go in with a similarly balanced team we should be mentally prepared for that and we should have put the work in this week which, from what I have seen, the guys have certainly done.

"If it is more seam-orientated then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favour and it is about handling those conditions as best we can and try to exploit them with ball in hand," Root said.


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