There aren’t too many teams who come away from India with a series win.
The lads from 2012 are rightly proud of their achievement and the rest of us want to join Rooty, Jonny, Jimmy and Broady in achieving it for ourselves, and what a chance we’ve got.
The excitement around the prospect of becoming one of those rare teams to do it is a real motivation for us and a real driving force behind us to do well this week.
It is exciting to think about what we could do in this game. We’re desperate to get ahead and stay there once more as we move towards the business end of the series.
The first two games were both examples of how scoreboard pressure can work in your favour if you can make the most of your first innings.
Scoreboard pressure in Test cricket is probably at its most prominent in the sub-continent, and plays a massive part in trying to win the game.
The good thing is we know what it takes to win out here, so it is about putting that into practice once more, learning what we can from the second Test and delivering this week.
Even though India enjoyed the most recent success, we haven’t got too down about it, in the same way we didn’t get too high after the first Test win.
It is 1-1 now and a pink ball Test in India is something new for us.
Generally around the world whenever these pink ball games are played there is always a period when the ball starts doing a bit under lights and it brings the seamers right into the game.
For us out here that will be massive. And at a brand new ground that looks pretty impressive no-one will know just how it will react.
We’ve got a good spin department, but hopefully with conditions that suit, we’ve certainly got a seam department to back them up strongly.
Don’t read too much into the fact that I didn’t bowl a huge amount in the second game, I’m sure if it was a green seamer I would have bowled a lot more overs.
I think there may be more reason for me to bowl under lights in the next game if it will help the team.
With the bat, we’ve all got a challenge to find a way of being successful against the spinning ball, but I’m confident we’ll be better for the experience in Chennai.
India’s spin attack is always ready to exploit any opportunities, so it is up to us to keep those to a minimum.
The thing about being a Test batsman is that you need to be able to handle all types of conditions. India is one of the places where it is a lot tougher for overseas batsmen to come and be successful, but then so too is England.
And that is part of the game, the challenges and why we love it.
It was great to see Moeen Ali back in the whites for England. Taking those wickets was really good for him and will do his confidence the world of good having not played for a while.
I hope he enjoys the time at home, and just like for me and the other players, comes back refreshed and ready to go again in the white ball series.