On the eve of the game in Bristol’s County Ground, Knight revealed that the ground was used for the T20 Blast Gloucestershire game against Sussex and did not describe the situation as “ideal”.
“We’d very much like to be new to a case, but that’s what it is,” Knight said. “We realized last week that it was clear we were trying to change that, but it was a little late.
“It’s unfortunate, it’s not ideal. We’d rather be in a new game, but we still don’t know how he will play. He can still play very well. In general, in Bristol you You look at the deck, sometimes it doesn’t look great but it actually plays brilliantly, so yes, look, it’s not ideal but it is what it is and obviously we will have to do our best in the weekend. “We are given to do.”
The provision of second-hand land in Taunton for the 2019 Women’s Ash Test caused controversy. For this reason, it was used in the Men’s World Cup almost six weeks before the same level. As it turned out, the ground helped a little bit and the match ended in a draw, allowing Australia to keep the ashes.
“We don’t necessarily know how to play,” Knight said. “Obviously using it is a little different, but we are confident that we have the team and XI that we want to choose to win this test match.
“There was a lot of talk about the pitch at Taunton and it wasn’t really much, so I guess we have to wait and see how he plays.
“This is not something we can change now. It is of no use to look at how the game is played. Obviously we will try to adapt as much as we can to the conditions and the way Wicket plays. We have to go out now. “Be there and wrap our heads around the playground we have been given.”
An ECB spokesman said the levels for all of England’s white ball matches against India would be fully prepared – with the exception of the second T20I at Hoo, which uses a hybrid ground.
“We are all disappointed that Wick LV = Test Insurance against India has played 37 players,” the spokesman said. “We know British women deserve a new wicket and we’re sorry we could not offer such a thing in this case.
“By adding the test to the calendar only in mid-April, along with the lack of top-notch backgrounds, we knew a new TV pitch was a challenge. We accept that this should not have happened and we will ensure that “This will not happen in the future.”
Unlike Ashes, where Test is the middle game of a series of multi-formats, this match includes an India tour that also includes three ODIs and two T20Is. Each white ball game has two points for a win, while four points for winning the test have two points for a draw and one point for no result.
Women’s tests are rare, and as much as players say they enjoy them, they are almost universal and can understand that shorter formats are the way to advance the game.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person, which is why Knight feels different from what he expects from his male counterparts.
“Obviously you want to have fun and you want to show off and show off your best skills and the best women ‘s cricket,” she said. “But our job is first and foremost effort and victory. This is at the top of our minds, and even better if we can do both at the same time.
“I think that often in women’s cricket, when we are testing matches, we are judged a little differently than men. I think there are games that you look at separately, a The test match in the men’s game, which if it was a women’s game, would be looked at differently and judged on a different basis, saying it was a combination cricket or whatever, which I hope will not happen this week.
“As a group of players, we want to succeed, we want to win, and obviously if we can have fun while it goes on, it’s even better. We certainly do not want to be known as a boring side. “And we have a draw, but our first port is to win cricket games, and that is what we are going to do this week.”
Knight will play in his 100th match as England captain and his 8th test match, with an honorable record of 157 points in the 2013 Ash Lottery in Wermsell, his second test appearance in 100 matches. Most recently, he did not score 62 or 79 goals against Australia in 2017, which also ended in a draw.
“I’m disappointed with the success of the cricket match because it is not often found,” Knight said. “I’m a little bit successful and I’m going to be more frustrated.
“For me personally, this is my mental approach, to be able to cope with the things that red ball cricket throws at you, to be able to concentrate for a long time and be really cramped, as well as to take advantage of these opportunities to earn points. “I will be given.”
Valkyrie Bynes is the Editor-in-Chief of ESPNcricinfo