Eng­land eye se­ries win after en­cour­ag­ing draw in Ra­jkot

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Eng­land may have been forced to set­tle for a draw in the first Test against In­dia but coach Trevor Bayliss is con­fi­dent his tour­ing side can emerge vic­to­ri­ous come the end of the five-match se­ries. Hav­ing de­clared on 260-3 and set In­dia 310 to win in 49 overs, Eng­land came up short as the home side sur­vived a tough fi­nal ses­sion to reach 172-6 at the close. How­ever, Bayliss was en­cour­aged from what he saw from his side and stressed that Eng­land are in In­dia to claim a se­ries vic­tory. “We are un­der no illusions, we know the next four matches will be very dif­fi­cult and pos­si­bly the wick­ets a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” said Bayliss. “But we’re here to win the se­ries.” The Aus­tralian was also full of praise for debu­tant Haseeb Hameed, who made 82 in the sec­ond in­nings be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing caught and bowled by Amit Mishra. “It feels like he’s been here for two or three years, he has fit­ted in so well,” added Bayliss. “The com­po­sure and at­ti­tude for a 19-year-old has been fan­tas­tic.” Hameed’s open­ing part­ner Alas­tair Cook, who hit his 30th Test cen­tury when mak­ing 130 from 243 de­liv­er­ies, was equally en­thu­si­ast about the teenager. “A bril­liant knock – he looked the real deal in the first in­nings, then to bat in the sec­ond in­nings the way he did, when we only had a lead of 50, was bril­liant,” said the cap­tain. “I don’t want to heap too much praise on him but he looks a good one.” De­spite the praise for all quar­ters, Hameed plans on sim­ply play­ing his game in the next Test, which starts on Thurs­day. “Cooky men­tioned that it was no time since he was giv­ing me a mas­ter­class when I was with the U-19s and here we are field­ing to­gether at short leg,” said Hameed. “It is quite sur­real how quickly things have hap­pened but I am try­ing to take it all in my stride and not look too far ahead.”

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