Sunday 27 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: England Can't Lose From Here

Alastair Cook
Farokh says he is pleased to see Alastair Cook find some form
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I've had a nice day at the Ageas Bowl and so have England, who are sitting pretty on 247 for two.

I'm glad Alastair Cook got runs. I said before the game that he would, and Gary Ballance has played superbly, he's scored a thoroughly deserved hundred.

One thing is for sure: England can't lose this game from here.

Stranger things have happened, but they are in a very solid position.

I didn't think India bowled well enough today. They could have done much better.

I was disappointed by the debutant, Pankaj Singh. I thought he was ordinary, up and down, bowling too short, although Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well and so did Mohammad Shami.

What India should have done was to have played Ravichandran Ashwin - I certainly would have done. I don't know why they are not playing him, for me it is mindboggling.

Although Pankaj was unlucky to have Cook dropped early on, and had Jadeja held on, the tables might have turned, this is a pretty flat wicket and you need to do something really daft to get out.

So, England are going to be looking to score at least 500 runs on it and then it will be up to India to see if they can bat as long as they possibly can in reply.

Although he didn't bat today, I wish England's Jos Buttler all the best, making his debut. I hope he goes well, but he has to grab this opportunity with both hands because opportunities like this don't come along too often.

It could well be the sort of opportunity that makes or breaks him as a cricketer.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs