England bowling coach Jon Lewis on Monday defended his batsmen’s method within the post-tea session on the fourth day of the opening Take a look at towards India, saying accelerating wasn’t simple on a “difficult” Chepauk pitch. England set India a world file chase of 420 after being bowled out for 178 of their second innings. The hosts have been 39 for one at stumps.
“The blokes have been constructive in the way in which they performed. I do not suppose it’s a simple pitch the place you might be reckless to attain. However, we have been very snug with the quantity of overs we wished to bowl on Monday,” he mentioned when requested concerning the choice to not declare early. “We are going to attempt to have a chunk with the second new ball if potential on Tuesday. We’re snug with the place we’re at within the sport,” Lewis advised reporters throughout a digital media interplay after the day’s play.
Replying to a different query on whether or not he thought 419 was sufficient and if England would have appreciated extra time to bowl on the Indians, he mentioned the batsmen performed positively with an intent to attain and accelerating wasn’t simple. “The pitch is nice however difficult. Accelerating towards India in India is not all the time simple. The blokes performed positively with intent to attain, however inside the constraints of the situations,” Lewis added.
Requested if England have been proud of the place they have been in at stumps on day 4, the bowling coach mentioned with “that many runs we’re forward within the sport.” “We’re actually proud of the place we’re at. With that many runs on the board, we’re forward within the sport. Now we have performed some actually good cricket. We’re assured that we are able to create sufficient probabilities to win the sport. “I feel that we’re in a really sturdy place. We simply must work exhausting, present the suitable character and do the fundamentals effectively. Whatever the nice batters that India has acquired, we’ve sufficient within the tank to win the sport,” he added.
He mentioned the purpose is to make a robust begin on the ultimate day and put India beneath stress. “Sure, positively. It’s the first sport of the collection. When you need to make a extremely sturdy begin, you do not need to give India an opportunity to win. “We acquired as many runs as we may and saved the run-rate increased for India. That was our greatest likelihood to win the sport,” he mentioned.
Lewis praised left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who got here again strongly after being hammered by Rishabh Pant on the third day. He bowled Rohit Sharma with a magnificence in India’s second innings. “So happy that he (Jack Leach) had acquired that wicket tonight. I believed he deserved that. This morning he bowled rather well… yesterday clearly Pant went after him. “Pant’s choices have been clearly excessive threat. Leach had been requested to do a particular job. The proportion could be very a lot in Jack’s favour with the way in which he’s bowling.
“On a regular basis as a cricketer you need to get 5 wickets or get 100, however that does not occur. You will have extra dangerous days as a cricketer… it’s important to take care of these. He bowled very tidily after being attacked by Pant. He seems an actual risk on this pitch.” Requested if that they had any plans for Pant, who was the hero of India’s series-clinching win in Australia final month and smashed 91 within the first innings right here, Lewis mentioned England have particular methods for each batsmen. “Clearly… Rishabh performs the way in which he performs. In our eyes he takes a excessive share of dangers. By way of particular plans, we’ve particular plans for each Indian batsmen. We are going to keep on with attempt to get the odds in our favour,” he mentioned.