In­dia make strong start af­ter Eng­land post 400

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MUM­BAI:

Jos But­tler be­lieved Eng­land were in a strong po­si­tion de­spite In­dia’s im­pres­sive start to their in­nings on the sec­ond day of the fourth Test in Mum­bai yes­ter­day. The right-handed bats­man notched a splen­did 76 at Mum­bai’s Wankhede Sta­dium to pro­pel Eng­land to a com­mand­ing first in­nings score of 400 be­fore In­dia fin­ished day two at 146 for one.”It was very pleas­ing to get runs when you feel like the team needs them,” said But­tler, who held his nerve as four English wick­ets tum­bled around him.

“I re­ally en­joyed my time in the mid­dle and get­ting us up to what we feel is a good score to have on the board,” added But­tler, say­ing reach­ing 400 gave Eng­land op­ti­mism. In­dia started their re­ply pos­i­tively with Mu­rali Vi­jay hit­ting an un­beaten 70 and Chetesh­war Pu­jara bat­ting on 47 as the pair recorded the high­est part­ner­ship of the Test so far with 107. How­ever, But­tler in­sisted Eng­land had the up­per hand. “Those two guys (Vi­jay and Pu­jara) played very well for In­dia but we still lead by 250,” the 26year-old told re­porters.

“If we can be a bit more con­sis­tent and when we build the pres­sure there’s def­i­nitely wicket-tak­ing balls on that sur­face.” But­tler has only re­cently re­turned to the Eng­land Test side af­ter a year out but said he’d ben­e­fited from some think­ing time dur­ing his spell on the side­lines. “You play so much cricket that ac­tu­ally some­times there’s not enough time to think... about what is vi­tal to me to get the best out of my­self. “I feel like (over) the last year I’ve learnt the most about my­self and cricket (than) in my whole ca­reer,” he said can­didly.

Six-wicket Ash­win

Mid­dle-or­der bats­man But­tler was a late call-up for the third Test in Mo­hali, hav­ing last played for Eng­land in October 2015. But­tler said that one of the big­gest things he learnt from his time out of the squad was the strength of be­lief that the top play­ers have in them­selves. “That’s some­thing I have to have in my game-that I’m con­fi­dent that when I get a chance I’m go­ing to per­form. “No one can do it for you. You can re­ceive great ad­vice but you’ve got to be­lieve in your­self,” he added. But­tler started the day on 18, reach­ing 64 at lunch as Eng­land put on 385-8 in a Test that they must win to keep the five-match se­ries alive. He out­lasted Ben Stokes, who be­came Ravichan­dran Ash­win’s fifth scalp of the in­nings when In­dia suc­cess­fully ap­pealed a not out de­ci­sion. The left-han­der was dis­missed for 31 when the TV um­pire ruled that the ball had nicked his bat be­fore drop­ping into the hands of Vi­rat Kohli. Ash­win’s fel­low spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja then grabbed the wick­ets of Chris Woakes (11), who was caught be­hind by wick­et­keeper Parthiv Pa­tel, and Adil Rashid, who made only four. — AFP

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