Winning the toss in the Twenty20 international series against India does not give either team an unfair advantage, says England's Mark Wood.
The 31-year-old bowler took 3-31 as England beat India by eight wickets on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series in Ahmedabad.
Each match has been comfortably won by the team electing to bowl first.
"I think the toss has been made a bigger issue than what it actually is," said Wood.
"If either team has to bat first, they still can win. I don't think there's a huge disadvantage. I just think both teams prepare to chase because you know exactly what to go for, you've seen how the pitch has played."
The Final T20 of the Series and it is Tied at 2-2, Winner Takes All.
England won the toss and decided to field
India 224-2, Kohli 80 no, Rohit 64.
England 104-1, Roy 0, Buttler 47 no, Malan 48 no
We still need 121 runs from the last 10 overs.
Well it was looking good for a time there, but after a 130 run stand it all went tits up, ahh well roll on the 3 one day games and get the hell out of there and rest.
It showed that India have a magnificent depth of batting talent at their disposal. England were right in the game up until the 14th over but as wickets fell the new batsmen just didn't deliver from the get go. The thought that a new batsman might give himself a quiet four of five balls to get settled in, is now totally defunct. T20 cricket is moving on, with India leading the way.
Love a lot, trust a few, and always paddle your own canoe.
It was a decent T20 series (better than most internation T20 series that are normally forgettable) and England showed their serious white ball credentials. My feeling was that England played better than India overall but India absolutely owned the critical overs. They were better in the powerplays and in the last 3/4 Overs than we were. That could be the IPL experience. England have excellent fast bowlers, a World Class leggy and some good hitters at the top of the order but India have a bit more depth of power batsman and their back-up seam attack is stronger. Our 2nd string seamers looked a bit exposed and one paced in comparison. The Indian seamers range of slower balls and variations looked higher quality and more natual than our bowlers. I thought that was the key difference between the teams. In English conditions our advantages would close that gap and possibly supercede it but in Indian conditions I think we will be up against it to win the World Cup in October but so will everyone else. I'd love to see an England - India final.
England 337-4, Bairstow 124, Stokes 99, Roy 55, Livingstone 27no.
England win by 6 wickets.
All level at 1-1.
never had a chance to watch this, but that seemed a brutal beating of India , Stokes whopping 49 off 11 deliveries!!
It was! Shame he didn't just push a single to get 100 because that must have been one of the quicket 50-100 ever except it wasn't, obviously! Stokes has been a bit quiet this winter so he was due.
I've really enjoyed these games. 2 very good well matched teams playing very competitive cricket and clearly enjoying the battle with each other whereas often players look like they're going through the motions in the these bilateral ODIs (and you can't blame them really given the lack of context to so much of it). India should start as slight favourties for the decider I think but it should be a good game.