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Prepare for another spin fest, Rahane tells England

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: India look to spin out England in the fourth Test on a similar pitch that hosted last week’s two-day match, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said Tuesday.

The hosts demolished England in one of the shortest Tests in history to lead the four-match series 2-1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium -- the world’s biggest cricket venue -- in Ahmedabad.

Both the teams return to the same venue for the final Test after days of intense scrutiny and criticism of the spin-friendly track.

“Wicket will be similar to the third Test match and also the second Test in Chennai. Spinning track,” Rahane told reporters ahead of the Test starting Thursday. Spinners ruled the competition as England were skittled out for 112 and 81 in a day-night game that lasted just 842 balls -- the shortest Test since 1935. Former England players demanded answers from the International Cricket Council, accusing it of letting the wealthy and powerful Indian board get away with providing poor pitches.

Rahane said the pitch talk has not affected the Indian players, saying they never complain about seaming tracks on overseas tours.

“Talk happening outside is not at all affecting Indian team,” said Rahane. “We are concentrating on what we have to do. When we tour we never complain about pitch.” It was England’s second successive loss as they bowed out of contention for the World Test Championship final race, but Rahane said India would not be complacent.

“We respect England... They are a very good team, balanced team,” he said. AFP