Paul Farbrace asks the English batsmen to take a cue from Virat Kohli
The assistant coach also urged the English batsmen to show some guts.
Updated - Aug 21, 2018 1:21 pm
England, after a couple of impressive performances at Edgbaston and Lord’s, haven’t quite been able to replicate their form in the ongoing Test against India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. With two days remaining in the match, the Poms require 498 runs and are in a precarious position. The Brits crumbled for 161 runs in the first innings and Paul Farbrace, the English assistant coach, isn’t happy with England’s performance.
He also asked the English batters to take a cue from Virat Kohli’s knocks. The Delhi-born batsman has 440 runs thus far in the series. He missed out on his 23rd Test century in the first innings but accomplished the same in the second innings. The stupendous knocks also guided the visiting team to a position of command. In the meantime, Farbrace also hailed the 29-year-old as a flexible batsman.
You would expect your batsmen to show some gumption
“I’m a big believer in players learning from players, and I think ours will be watching the way Kohli lets the ball come, and almost takes third and fourth slip out of the game. You’re looking for the best players to learn from the best players, and try to adapt their game to suit – and I think there’s no better exponent of that at the moment than him,” he added.
The assistant coach also urged the English batsmen to show some guts and put forth their best performance with the willow in their run chase. “Having had such a poor performance yesterday, you would expect your batsmen to show some gumption and some guts and get stuck in tomorrow and show that they are the best players,” Farbrace added.
Apart from winning the toss, England have had very few aspects go in their favour. Joe Root’s men conceded a mammoth lead of 169 runs after India put up 329 runs on the board. Their bowlers also couldn’t make the same impact in India’s second innings as they did in the first two Tests.