Vizag Test: Jonny Bairstow urges England to believe in themselves

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 13:08 IST | PA Sport

Jonny Bairstow believes England must retain belief they can escape Vizag without defeat after India closed the third day of the second Test with a 298-run advantage

Jonny Bairstow en route his 53 at Vizag on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Jonny Bairstow en route his 53 at Vizag on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Visakhapatnam: Jonny Bairstow believes England must retain belief they can escape Vizag without defeat after India closed the third day of the second Test with a 298-run advantage.

England were bowled out for 255 — after Bairstow (53) and Ben Stokes (70) initially carved out a century stand — to concede a 200-run first-innings lead.

"As long as we keep playing straight, and have belief and confidence in our ability, then it won't be the first time that we've had to bat a period of time on a pitch that is worse than that," Bairstow said on Sky Sports 2.

"If it starts turning we've come from Bangladesh where the pitches have turned a lot too. It's going to be tough to face the music but at the same time we know we have the capabilities and guys that have scored runs in the sub-continent to do that," he added.

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