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India don't need to be scared, they can beat England on 'fair pitches' as well: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoiab Akhtar has also joined the debate over Ahmedabad pitch for the third Test and said that he is expecting a "fair pitch" for the 4th Test.

Akhtar reckoned that Joe Root took a 5-wicket haul and even India were bundled out for 145 in the third Test. He added that India shouldn't be scared as they are capable of beating the visitors on any wicket.

The 45-year-old went on to say that there was nothing wrong with using the home advantage but it's understandable only from Day 3 onwards.

"Should Test matches be played on such wickets? Not at all. A pitch where there is so much unreasonable turn, that a match gets finished in two days, is not good for Test cricket," Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.

"I understand the concept of home advantage but this sort of advantage I believe is a little too much. If India had scored 400 runs and England got out for 200, then one could say that England played poorly. But here, even India was shot out for 145.

"I thought India is a bigger, better team than this. There should be fair play and fair pitches where I think India can still beat England. They don't need to be scared. There is no need for India to prepare such wickets. Did we make the wicket in favour of India in Adelaide? Was the wicket in Melbourne made in favour of India? How did they win the series there? You play on fair ground, fair conditions and say 'Look, we can play well at home and abroad'," Akhtar added.

"I am expecting a fair pitch for the fourth Test. India should go out there and make sure they prepare one of the best pitches for the next Test match and I am sure that you have the capacity on any pitch. You don't need to take home advantage. Just go out there and play and I'm sure they will win the series. If India can beat Australia on their soil, they can easily win at home," Akhtar concluded.

India is leading the 4-match series 2-1 after their 10 wickets win in the Ahmedabad Test. The fourth Test will be played at the same venue from March 4.

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