England didn't show enough fight: Paul Farbrace
England’s batsmen are under orders to show more “fight” after a costly session put them in big trouble against India on Day Two in the second Test. Assistant coach Paul Farbrace called for more resilience as he reflected on England’s perilous 103 for five in reply to 455 in Vizag
England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace
Vizag: England’s batsmen are under orders to show more “fight” after a costly session put them in big trouble against India on Day Two in the second Test. Assistant coach Paul Farbrace called for more resilience as he reflected on England’s perilous 103 for five in reply to 455 in Vizag.
Joe Root (53) was kicking himself after holing out off Ravichandran Ashwin at deep mid-off, having earlier figured in a run out mix-up which ended in Haseeb Hameed’s departure. Farbrace was adamant England were guilty of batter error, rather than undone by any demons just yet in a pitch which allowed India captain Virat Kohli to hit 167 and his team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara a century too.
“We didn’t show enough fight,” he said. “Those are times when we need to show a bit more resilience and get stuck in.” It is a case, Farbrace believes, of adapting to unaccustomed conditions against world-class bowlers before it is too late.
“That’s the skill of the batsman — working out how you’re going to play. International cricket finds you out quickly. There are times where you’ve got to adapt your game. If we are going to be successful as a team, we have to cope well in all conditions.”
On this occasion, England did not do that. “We knew it was going to be tough,” added Farbrace. He was especially frustrated after England had hit back with the ball - Moeen Ali taking three quick wickets - to stop the hosts piling up 500 or more. Farbrace agreed that Root contributed to his own downfall. He said: “A high-quality player like Joe, when he gets to 50 and gets out, is massively disappointed.
“It looks a whole lot worse when you get out that way. That is a time when Joe will look back and say he could have done things better.”
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