If you’re a fan of cricket, get down to the Ageas Bowl on Sunday because it could be a cracker. We’ll need 10 wickets and India will face a tough run chase. Whoever ends up winning, this game has summed up the best of Test cricket. Every ball counts.
What I’ve really enjoyed about this game is the character we’ve shown to keep fighting back. We were 86 for six on the first day before Sam Curran batted brilliantly for 78. Then India were 140-odd for two on Friday before Moeen Ali got to work with his off-spin.
Even on Saturday, we were in a spot of bother until Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler knuckled down. Stokesy’s 30 felt more like 60 and Jos’s 69 was more like a hundred. We may not be making the totals we’d like but we’re finding a way of putting pressure on India.
Sam Curran, and his brother Tom, seems to love and thrive in the pressure moments
That’s what international cricket is about - sometimes you look for character over skill
He even chipped in with the ball, taking the huge wicket of India captain Virat Kohli
Whatever we end up setting them on Sunday, one thing we’ll be saying as a bowling unit is to bowl as heavy as you can and as quickly into the pitch as you can, with protection either side. Above all, bowl with intensity.
I think we’ll look for wobble-seam more than swing because that