India has a 171-run lead over England after Rohit Sharma’s 127 hit in the Kia Oval; Watch the fourth day of the fourth test between England and India, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10.15am on Sunday
England’s Ollie Robinson (left) celebrates a wicket with Haseeb Hameed (PA Images)
Assistant coach Paul Collingwood has told England’s batters they have no reason to fear a big chase in the fourth inning after Rohit Sharma led India to a solid position in the fourth test.
Rohit dug deep for a marvelous 127 on the third day in the Kia Oval, playing the leading role as India converted a 99-run deficit in the first inning to a 171 lead.
They advanced to 270 for the loss of just three wickets, leaving an England attack that has already thrown 92 overs with a lot of work to do.
While a ground noise on the fourth morning is not impossible, England will most likely face a formidable goal when they finally return to the area, and Collingwood has seen nothing on the field in the last three sessions that worries him. if that’s the case.
“Conditions look really good out there, so we shouldn’t be afraid of whatever they get,” he said.
“Can be [a big chase], but he looked great for hitting. We’ve seen the momentum change very quickly in this series. “
England tried several different tactics in an attempt to break India’s concentration, but ultimately failed to generate the kind of swing that has caused problems for hitters on both sides throughout the series.
Without it, they were too often forced to follow a waiting pattern, expecting errors that rarely occurred. Ultimately, it took the arrival of the new ball to change the dial, with Ollie Robinson beating Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara (61) in the first six deliveries after the change, after 44 overs without wicketless.
“One thing that was surprising was the Dukes’ lack of swing on the ball. We tried everything,” Collingwood said.
“We all know that once we get moving we can cause problems for the Indian hitters, but we couldn’t make it work. We all know it can be difficult at times, but we asked questions all day.
“If we can get movement on this ball tomorrow, we know we have the bowlers to take advantage of the conditions, put their intermediate order under pressure and throw them as cheaply as possible.”
Rohit was enjoying the first hundred overseas of his Test career in his 24th road appearance, having previously scored seven in India, but was not swayed by the match situation.
“We are in a good position, but we understand that the game does not end until it is over,” he said.
“We need to put in the same kind of effort again, so hopefully the guys can lower their heads and move the game towards us. Sometimes you have to put in those hard yards and I was happy to do that.”
“You have to be patient and I have been very patient. For me, getting a hundred abroad or at home is a good feeling because it is what all hitters strive to achieve: great runs and making sure you put your team in good shape. positions “.
Watch the fourth day of the fourth test between England and India, from the Kia Oval, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10.15am on Sunday.