Before the fourth test at the Oval Stadium against India, England’s extraordinary victory at Headingley gave its assistant coach Paul Collingwood many opportunities.
After failing the home team’s second test, one of the hosts’ concerns was the lack of perseverance in the opening combination of Rory Burns and Dom Sibley. However, a welcome change in the third test helped the team, as the new opening released a 135-run stance against Burns and Hasi Bhamid.
Collingwood said that this cooperation is a crucial moment in the series for England, helping it regain the calmness it needs to move forward. “Lord’s was a difficult failure; what we really need to do after that is calm our emotions and refocus on what we can do.
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“Considering what happened at Lord Stadium, I think Headingley’s performance is incredible. Our pitching style at Headingley has had a good start, and the first wicket in the series was very good. Excellent. Haas’s calmness (Hamid) and Burns’s investment of more than a hundred on the first wicket really calmed everyone down and helped the batting department focus on the job at hand,” Collingwood Said in an online interaction on Tuesday.
Do not focus on India’s eleven
Collingwood reiterated that England is not worried that Ravi Chandran Ashwin may participate in the Oval Indian team on Thursday. Earlier this year, the experienced deputy shocked Joe Root’s men with 32 wickets in four tests. “We are very focused on our job as an England cricket team, we try not to pay attention to what India can do and what decisions they make,” he said.
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The former all-around player added that England has created enough pressure on India to have some doubts about its balance. “From an Indian perspective, you can understand how to get the second spinner into the wing, or whether they changed Ashwin or Jedja. Again, we don’t worry about their decision. When you let the team take it When there is enough pressure, you’ll have such doubts about the choice of the opposition.”
Root and Kohli-the fate of contrast
England captain Joe Root’s ability to run quickly against the Indian Seals made him top the running base with 507 runs in three tests. At the same time, Virat Kohli has been struggling for motivation-only 124 runs in five innings, only 50 times.
Collingwood praised Root and said: “What Joe did very well was to rotate the ball. He found an area where he could score. Once you put pressure on the bowler, you know that as a pitcher, you don’t have much. The room for error is wrong. He watches the ball well and it seems that he has a lot of time on the crease. I hope this situation continues and I am happy to see him in the best condition in the game.”
When asked if Corley needs to take a break from his leadership responsibilities to focus on his shots, the former England captain said Corley’s aggressive approach would not guarantee such a change. “He is a very proud man, he leads his country with a lot of affection. I can’t bear Willat is someone who wants to make such a change.” Collingwood commented.