England cricket team will fly to Dubai for a short holiday after facing an eight-wicket defeat against India in Mohali. The hosts took a 2-0 lead after winning the third Test. The two teams now meet in the fourth Test in Mumbai on December 08. With considerable time left for the Mumbai Test to begin, England will take leave from their hectic schedule.
Before arriving in India, England played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. The Mohali Test was England’s fifth in six weeks and will play two more in December. In order to take rest from the busy itinerary majority of England players will leave India for a holiday in Dubai.
“We will get away, see some different scenery and come back for the last two Tests,” Cook was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. Also Read- Five talking points of the Mohali Test
“I think most people would agree that five back-to-back Tests in six weeks is a heavy schedule. I genuinely believe if we put a better standard of performance in we can put India under pressure, we just haven’t done it yet,” added Cook.
England coach Trevor Bayliss was also of the same view and said It (India) is a long tour. “The break will give the guys time to get away, refresh mentally and physically and come back ready and raring to go,” said Bayliss. Also Read- Haseeb Hameed out of India tour due to finger injury
The coach added, “These tours are what you’ve got to put up with these days. A lot of the teams are going through the same thing and a lot of the players and staff are saying the same thing – it’s becoming too much.”
After the draw at Rajkot, India won back to back Tests at Vishakapatnam and Mohali. England are in India for a long tour. After the five-match Test series, the teams will face off three ODIs and three T20Is.