“If they try to play Bazball,” Mohammed Siraj warns England ahead of first test

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (image: BCCI)

The Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj suggests that England’s Bazball style will not opt for Indian pitch conditions and would get in trouble in the first test.

Mohammed Siraj warns England ahead of first test

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj believes England’s aggressive approach does not stand a chance in the subcontinent pitches. The visitor’s Bazball style has been successful so far and has won 13 matches out of 18 they played using the style.

But it will result in disaster as they are set to face prolific Indian spinners. Siraj who bowled 24 overs during India’s last home series against Australia in 2023, will be set to go at his home ground in Hyderabad.

The Men in Blues are scheduled to play in a five-match test series on England’s India tour starting on January 25. On this occasion, the pacer has predicted that the match will be concluded in no time if England plans to play in an attacking format.

“If they try to play Bazball in Indian conditions then I think the match is likely to end inside two days. It is not easy here to hit every ball. The ball turns sometimes, sometimes it stays straight. If they play Bazball here then it is good for us because the match will end quickly,” he said in the media.

Siraj has been impressive during the test series against South Africa and helped the side to level the test series 1-1. He is expected to make it to playing 11 as Mohammed Shami was ruled out due to injury. Virat Kohli has also pulled out of the squad for the first two tests due to personal reasons and Rajat Patidar was named as replacement.

Harry Brook has also pulled out of the squad due to personal reasons and England has included Dan Lawrence as a replacement player.

India and England will be playing their first Test match starting on January 25 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.