After winning the first test at Hyderabad by 28 runs England is riding high and their pacer Mark Wood is sending a clear message that whatever pitch India throws at them, they're ready to play. England made a sensational comeback to win the first test on a slow and spinning track after giving a huge lead of 190 runs. Their captain Ben Stokes even went out to say it was their side's best win under his captaincy tenure.
After emerging victorious, their confidence is quite high and their 'Bazball' approach has proved out to be worth the hype till now. But when asked about what kind of pitches they are expecting after thumping India on a slow wicket, Wood said that they are ready to fight it out on any kind of wicket.
Mark Wood is ready to face India on any kind of surface
When asked about the surface for the next Test, Wood didn't hesitate. "I don't know what they'll do," he said, "but India can create any kind of wicket they want. We've seen it all here – seamers, flat tracks, turning pitches." His message is clear: England isn't fazed by the unknown and will adapt to whatever challenges they face.
He further added, "I don't know what they will produce. India have got the potential to produce any wicket here. I've played in World Cup games and IPL games where it's seamed, flat pitches, spinning wickets. They have the potential to do any wicket they want."
Wood showered praises on Ollie Pope for his valiant innings
Mark Wood also commended Ollie Pope's "exceptional" knock which was the key factor in England's victory. Mark Wood praised Ollie Pope, commending his exceptional performance and describing it as 'fantastic'. This win, Wood suggests, should serve as a wake-up call for India. "They have something to think about now," he said. "We're not just going to roll over and be spun out."
With one Test down and four to go, everyone's wondering: what kind of pitch will India prepare for the next battle? Historically, they've favoured spin tracks to exploit their strength. But after a surprising loss, will they change their game plan?
Will they unleash a "deadly spin-friendly track" as some predict? Only time will tell. One thing's for sure: the second Test promises to be another exciting clash, especially with England's newfound confidence and India's need to bounce back.