Star batsman Jose Butler believes that the 2012 squad led by Alastair Cook will be one of England’s best teams and the current team under Root’s captaincy is getting closer to him. The current captain Root made his debut in the final Test in Nagpur in the 2012 series.
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He further said, ‘This team is on a different stage in terms of travel but is definitely moving towards that point. An exciting time to accept a challenge against the best team in the world at their home. The 2012 series is known for the bowling of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, and a brilliant 186 by Kevin Pietersen in Mumbai.
A score of 350 runs in the first innings is considered good for England’s pace bowling conditions but Butler said that his team with the presence of some young players will have to understand that a good score in India can be more than 600. He said, ‘It is to adjust to the situation and play accordingly. England’s ball seams and swings. For example, the score of 300 runs in the first innings can be big and if you are playing in India, then we play on the first two days on a great batting wicket, a good score can be up to 600-650. ‘
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Butler believes that every member of the team should follow the route in Sri Lanka where he showed how to make big innings. Butler said, “The route is an example of this and he did it for us in Sri Lanka, hit a double century and scored 180 runs.” He showed that we have to take advantage of the situation and make a big score.
This wicketkeeper batsman recalled how India scored thanks to a good score in the first innings in the 2016 series. He said, “When we played here four-five years ago in Chennai, we scored 470 runs and India scored 700 runs due to Karun Nair’s 300 runs. So this is a great education about what is the first big innings in India and what should be the mentality for it.
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India is now a strong team in Test cricket but Butler said that if given a choice, he would like to take on the top team of India in Brisbane instead of the weak team that defeated Australia. However, England’s performance in the upcoming series will depend on how the Roots strategize against the spinners. Butler said, “Root who were in superb form in Sri Lanka, playing spin bowling has always been fantastic. He is one of the best players to play sweep shots and brilliantly detect length which is his strong side.
Butler said the best part of Root’s game is his ability to rotate strikes. Butler, as a wicketkeeper, believes that the team always stays in the match due to the continuous breakdown of the pitch in five days. He said, “Given the kind of pitches we are used to playing, the conditions are very different for wicketkeeping. Wicketkeeping is challenging given the way the pitch changes and breaks in five days.