England assistant Paul Collingwood’s praise for Rishabh Pant | Matthew Potts ‘the find of the summer’

Rishabh Pant hits 146 of 111 balls as India closed the first day against England at 338-7 after losing the toss and being put up to bat; watch day two of Edgbaston live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.45am on Saturday (10.30am kick-off)

Rishabh Pant stole the show with a quick century for India against England

Paul Collingwood applauded Rishabh Pant’s “world class” tackles after England and India traded blows in entertaining fashion on day one of their much-anticipated series decider at Edgbaston.

Pant blasted his way to 146 for 111 balls in a row as the Tourists ran to 338-7 after being sent to bat, a blow made all the more remarkable against the backdrop of a high-profile meltdown that left India 98-5.

England have been playing their cricket at a similar breakneck pace since ushering in a new era under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum at the start of the summer, with assistant coach Collingwood happy to praise the ambition of an opponent cut from the same adventurous cloth. .

“Today was a great day, I don’t feel like we had our backs against the wall for too long, but I congratulate myself on the way Pant played,” he said.

“When you come up against world class players they can do world class things. It’s been another exciting day of Test Cricket, we’ve had three exciting games against New Zealand and the first day here has been exactly the same.

Brendon has said from the start that he is looking at the big picture of Test cricket and for it to survive we need to make it much more entertaining. Today was exactly that: there were wickets and runs, big sacks and when he looks at someone as exciting as Pant, you have to clap your hands.”

While James Anderson managed to pick up three wickets before the carnage unfolded during a 222-run position between Pant and Ravindra Jadeja (83rd) and Matthew Potts was able to take comfort in two, including Virat Kohli’s prized scalp, it was a rough time. for spinner Jack Leach.

Fresh off his first 10-wicket match against the Kiwis at Headingley, he was blasted for 71 in just nine overs. He wound up giving way to the occasional spin by Joe Root, and halftime finally ended Pant’s stay with a big slip.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say we were wrong today, but what we found is that once the ball gets soft after 30-40 overs it can be very difficult to take wickets if it doesn’t go well,” Collingwood said.

“It was a brave ball from Joe, I will say, but sometimes it takes a little genius or bravery. We are not playing conventional Test cricket, we are trying to be as attacking as possible and looking to take wickets with field placements.

“We’re not always trying to stop the flow and keep the run rate down. We want to be on the more aggressive side of the line. We can be happy with the work today and getting them for less than 360-370 would be a good result.” for us”.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain praised Matthew Potts after the closer continued his striking start to his Test run on day one at Edgbaston.

The 23-year-old added dangerous Indian Virat Kolhi to his growing list of scalps when he pitched him for 11, after taking out New Zealand captain Kane Williamson three times in the recent series win over New Zealand. as well as catching Hanuma Vihari lbw for 20.

Potts ultimately ended the day with figures of 2-85 from 17 overs after he found it more difficult to take on the centurion Pant and while Hussain believes bowling southpaws is an area of ​​work for the Durham man, he was nonetheless impressed. with what he saw. .

“Potts, again, had a great day,” Hussain said. sky sports. “It was the find of the summer for England on the ball.

“You would have given him that at the beginning of the summer: in your four tests you are going to get [Kane] Williamson three times and Kohli on Day 1 of his fourth Test, would take it.

“Because it leans a little… to the right it leans, to the left it’s not as effective. We look at his stats in first-class cricket. It’s something like 22-23 against right-handers and 40 against left-handers.

“He’s got Broad and Anderson at the other end to learn from. They’re brilliant against lefties, so that’s one area he’s going to have to improve on.”

Watch Day 2 of the fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.45am on Saturday (10.30am kick-off).

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