'We just want to ease into things' - Mayank Agarwal ahead of India's Test series against England

‘We just want to ease into things’ – Mayank Agarwal ahead of India’s Test series against England

Mayank Agarwal opined that it is a good feeling to play in the actual ground so that the cricketers can get a feel of the conditions.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

While the Indian limited-overs side is busy playing in Sri Lanka, the Indian Test side is in England, preparing for the grueling five-match Test series against England, that will commence on 4th August 2021. And, Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal has opened up on the preparations of the Indian side ahead of this challenging series.

Agarwal stated that it felt good to regroup with the players, and opined that the session was one where all the players played together. The 30-year-old even added that the Indian cricketers would like to ease into the groove.

Terming it as a fantastic chance to have an open net session, the right-handed batsman opined that it is a good feeling to play in the actual ground so that the cricketers can get a feel of the conditions.

“It was good to regroup and come to the Durham cricket ground. It was not a heavy session but it was a session where we all got together, grouped, and played together. We just want to ease into things. Obviously getting a chance to hit at the ground and the open net is fantastic.

It feels good to play in the actual ground so you get the real feel of wickets, conditions, and everything else. It’s more of a top off but the main session is at the ground which is available to us which is great,” said Agarwal in a video released by BCCI.

The India team will square off against a Select County XI ahead of England Tests

The Indian side will play a three-day warm-up match against the Select County XI, ahead of the Test series against the Joe Root-led England side. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated in an official statement that the squad that will take on the Indian side was selected after consultations with the first-class counties regarding the availability of players.

“The squad was selected after consulting with the first-class counties on player availability and to provide some of the high-potential talent from across the county game with the opportunity to test themselves against the ICC World Test Championship finalists,” said the ECB in a statement.

The warm-up game will begin on 20th July 2021.