Daar was 'n punt in die vierde toets tussen Indië en Engeland toe die tuisspan was 30-tal lopies agter hul teenstanders met net drie paaltjies oorblywende.
Dit was 'n valse dagbreek al en die meesterlike Kohli en pragtige Jayant Yadav (in net sy derde toets) gekombineer om die wedstryd te neem en daarmee enige hoop op 'n reeks trek buite die greep van die besoekers.
Dit beteken om die kloof in ervaring van toestande op die subkontinent onderstreep. Indië gejaagd huis hul groter kennis en begrip van hoe om te speel in so 'n arena. Deur die grootste deel van hierdie reeks het hulle die veel beter van die kante gewees en 'n oorwinning was onvermydelik een keer 'n voorsprong van 200 is oorgegee.
The way England capitulated this morning was though disappointing to say the least. Defeat may have been inevitable but a line up with such quality and depth should not have crumbled so easily.
So het die reeks verloor en daarmee saam, I would suspect, will end Cook’s tenure as captain. The momentum is now with India and if I was a betting man I would lay down a few quid on a fourth victory in the fifth and final test.
Had England won this series it would have been a minor miracle. A spin quartet of Rashid, Ali, Barry and Ansari was never going to seriously trouble India on home conditions and England lack an X-factor twirler.
Nevertheless Rashid and Ali have shown themselves competent. Ansari is perhaps a work in progress. I can’t see Batty realistically adding to his caps unless he gets one final hurrah in the dead-rubber final test.
Woakes had continued to show his ability in difficult conditions and Stokes is rapidly becoming an all-rounder of world class ability.
In the batting line up Hameed has shown himself to be capable of playing test cricket for years to come. Much has and will be written about him and the administrators need to make sure they nurture and develop his undoubted talent. Well done to Keaton Jennings too – scoring a century on debut is no mean feat.
Likely captain elect Joe Root has scored a reasonable amount of runs and Jonny Bairstow has continued to impress both behind the stumps and with bat in hand. After a fair while since his last test it was good to see Jos Buttler in the runs too. He’s another with undoubted talent and always useful as the back-up stumper on a tour.
All in all then a few reasons to be cheerful for England but well done in particular to the Indians and their ruthless dismissal of the opposition.
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