England v India: Paul Farbrace insists England can win second Test on Monday

Last Updated: 20/07/14 8:02pm

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Alastair Cook: Another disappointing innings from the skipper

Alastair Cook: Another disappointing innings from the skipper

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Assistant coach Paul Farbrace denied that England's senior players had let the side down as they were left facing a fight to save the second Investec Test at Lord's.

To avoid a 10th Test without victory, England need to replicate their first-innings 319 after India made 342 in their second innings.

But with captain Alastair Cook departing cheaply again, this time for only 22 runs, and Ian Bell out for just one, England ended the day on 105-4, 216 shy of their target.

Asked if England had been let down by the likes of Cook, Bell, and the struggling Matt Prior, Fabrace said: "Not at all. We look at it as a team, you lose as a team and you win as a team.

"Everybody on the team is always looking for better performances. The practice and the work-rate that we've got from everybody in the squad is fantastic and everybody's always looking to improve their game.

"So it's a team performance and we'll look at the team rather than at individuals."

Cook has come in for the most criticism, but Farbrace is not too concerned about the under-fire batsman.

"He's fine," he added. "He's in there chatting to the two lads who are not out, talking about the day tomorrow and looking forward to the scrap tomorrow. He's absolutely fine."

One big partnership

While England's first job is to avoid defeat, Farbrace believes they need "one big partnership" to pull off victory, and suggested Moeen Ali (15 not out) and Joe Root (14), the two men in at stumps, might be the men to provide it.

"We'll keep fighting and the spirit is pretty good, but it has been a tough day."
Paul Farbrace

 

"It's a huge day tomorrow," he told Sky Sports. "It's been a fantastic cricket wicket for the bowlers and the people that have got stuck in and fought have got runs.

"If you miss your length you get on to the boundary pretty quickly so it really needs one big partnership and a couple of small ones tomorrow and we've got a chance of being up there.

"We've got a bit to do tomorrow. We've got to fight hard and get stuck in but we've got two guys who love a scrap.

"We saw it with Moeen at Headingley, only two Test matches ago - there will have been many people on that day thinking we couldn't bat through the day but he batted all day for a hundred.

"We'll keep fighting and the spirit is pretty good, but it has been a tough day."

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