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Jadeja in favour of India´s spin strategy

13 December 2012 15:54

Test debutant Ravindra Jadeja says India's decision to play just one paceman will pay dividends against England in Nagpur.

The fourth and final Test of the series that England lead 2-1 is interestingly poised at stumps on day one, with the tourists at 199-5.

Scoring was difficult all day with the English going at a run-rate of just 2.05 thanks to a tough pitch and some disciplined bowling.

India's sole quick bowler performed well - Ishant Sharma picked up 2-32 off 19 overs - but their four-pronged spin attack, which included Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Piyush Chawla and Ravichandran Ashwin also impressed.

"Four spinners will come in handy later in the game," said Jadeja, who took 2-34 off 25 overs.

"Especially in the second innings, via the bowlers' foot marks. Currently the wicket is neither helping fast men nor spinners.

"I think spinners will get more and more help as the game progresses. Fast bowlers' deliveries are going slow after pitching."

The all-rounder, who forced his way into the Test team thanks to a pair of triple-centuries in Indian domestic cricket, said his team were hopeful of restricting England to a total under 350.

"The less number of runs we give the better it will be for us," he said.

"(The) ball will start turning on day two or three. As footmarks, develop ball will starting turning more. We should restrict them to 300-350.

"There is no turn on offer. It's flat and very slow. Fast bowlers are also finding it difficult to bowl. No turn for spinners and bounce is low. Attempting to bowl stump-to-stump and not give them easy runs and boundaries so that they play wrong shots and get out."

Despite failures to captain Alastair Cook (one), fellow opener Nick Compton (three) and Ian Bell (one), a patient 73 from Kevin Pietersen helped England to a reasonable position at stumps.

Pietersen showed plenty of restraint in his 188-ball innings and said afterwards that it was one of the most difficult pitches he had ever batted on.

"It is tough and it is the toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of trying to play strokes," Pietersen said.

"I think we have done OK at 200 for five but what the wicket is going to do from now on, I haven't got a clue because it looks pretty similar to what it did when we started the day.

"The key today was to try and bat for as long as possible because I don't think that wicket is getting any better."

Pietersen also feels England's decision to play two quicks - Jimmy Anderson and Tim Bresnan - could prove pivotal in the outcome of the match.

They will resume on day two with wicketkeeper Matt Prior (34 not out) and debutant Joe Root (31 not out) at the crease.

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