Dhoni plays down wicket concerns


India captain Mahendra Dhoni is predicting a good wicket that will not unduly favour spin when his team play England in the third Test in Kolkata. Dhoni was recently accused by the groundsman at Eden Gardens of asking for a dry pitch that will assist spin. But Dhoni said ahead of the start on Wednesday: “The wicket looks good. We’ll have to see whether anything happens. It depends on clay content. “I don’t think it will be much help for the spinners initially.” The four-Test series is level at 1-1 with two matches left to play. India won the first Test in Ahmedabad by nine wickets, but England responded by winning the second in Mumbai by 10 wickets. And the 31-year-old insisted that fast bowlers will play a crucial role in what could prove to be a decisive match.