Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Can Still Do It, Say England; Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Can Still Do It, Say England; Cricket

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ENGLAND went into the third day of the opening Test against India today facing a long haul to salvage a stalemate - but remain confident they have the ability to do so.

The tourists replied badly to India's 521 for eight declared, losing three wickets in as many overs to the home spinners to close day two on a vulnerable 41 for three.

Samit Patel will be one of those called upon to prove England's mettle - and after also bowling 31 overs on a pitch offering slow turn and low bounce, he sees no reason why the tourists cannot return in kind plenty of the runs scored by Cheteshwar Pujara (206 no), fellow centurion Virender Sehwag et al at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

"We've got two world class batsmen at the crease, Belly (Ian Bell) still to come, myself and Matty P (Matt Prior) - a lot of batting," said Patel.

"There's no question about how long we can bat. …

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