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Moeen Ali decides to leave England squad ahead of third India Test
An 18-ball 43 on day four of the second Test was Moeen Ali's last involvement in England's series against India, Joe Root confirmed.After England succumbed to a 317-run loss to India on day four of the second Test in Chennai, captain Joe Root announced Moeen had chosen to leave the bubble.
Ben Foakes insists England can still emerge from the wreckage in India with a 2-2 draw.
The beleaguered tourists have been routed by India’s rampant spinners for scores of 134, 164, 112 and 81 on turning tracks since winning the opening match.
On Thursday Joe Root’s side face the unenviable challenge of returning to the scene of their two-day defeat in the day/night third Test for the final match of the series.
Wicketkeeper Foakes admits Chennai and Ahmedabad threw up conditions he has never faced before but says England’s top order are capable of knuckling down and putting runs on the board.
Klopp and Lijnders left jaw-dropped by performance of ‘terrific’ centre-back
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his number two Pep Lijnders were left stunned by defender Ben White during his side’s victory over the Reds at Anfield in January, according to reports. White catches the eye The 23-year-old was on the winning side for the Seagulls that inflicted the Reds their fourth Premier League defeat of […]The 23-year-old was on the winning side for the Seagulls that inflicted the Reds their fourth Premier League defeat of the season and their second loss in a row at home (Fotmob).
A very disappointing day as India took a 2-1 series lead.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket)
“From playing on the last two pitches I’ve never seen turn like that. They almost feel like day five pitches from ball one,” Foakes said.
“It’s understanding we are going to get out at times and it’s making peace with a certain way of getting out if it means we can score runs.
“We just have to grind out and try to put runs on the board. It’s not an easy thing to do obviously but I guess be solid and understand our game plan, and if we get out we get out.
“We’ve been completely outplayed the last two games but we’re still in a position to draw in India and we can put a good performance in and get a 2-2 draw, that would be a really good achievement out here. That’s purely the focus, trying to get that 2-2.”
Five incredible stats as India need just two days to beat England
India took a 2-1 lead in their four-Test series against England in frantic fashion. The Test lasted just two days, despite Joe Root claiming his first-ever five-wicket haul. Below are the best stats throughout.There were twists and turns aplenty, as England dragged themselves back form the jaws of defeat thanks to an almighty session of bowling from captain Joe Root, only for a second innings collapse to hand the hosts the advantage.
Foakes’ displays behind the stumps have been one of the few bright spots in England’s back-to-back defeats.
The Surrey gloveman’s performances have thrust the England wicketkeeping position back into the spotlight after Jos Buttler returned to the UK following the first Test.
Geez, how brilliant is Ben Foakes
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381)
But Foakes insists he is not thinking of permanently displacing Buttler.
“No. Going into the tour it’s obvious Jos is going away for a rest to spend some time with his family for a bit,” he added.
“The way I’ve mentally approached the games is it’s three more opportunities to play for England and I’ll try and do as well as I can.
“If anything does come of it that’s amazing but I’m just trying not to look too far ahead and just enjoy the moment.”Share on TwitterTweet
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