Sil­ver­wood hails ‘in­spi­ra­tional’ pace­man as hosts aim to wrap up se­ries vic­tory

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Third Test - By Tim Wig­more

Head coach Chris Sil­ver­wood said it would be “fan­tas­tic” if Eng­land ended their Test sum­mer with a vic­tory over Pak­istan that would take them to sec­ond place in the World Test Cham­pi­onship.

With Pak­istan still trail­ing by 210 runs, Eng­land re­main in a good po­si­tion to clinch a 2-0 se­ries vic­tory.

“It would be fan­tas­tic if we could do that,” Sil­ver­wood said of the pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning the third Test.

“But it’s more im­por­tant for the guys to come out to­mor­row and put their best foot for­ward and fin­ish how we’ve played the two se­ries put to­gether. I’m very proud of how they’ve han­dled them­selves, be­ing locked up for the best part of 10 weeks in the bub­ble – their at­ti­tude and ef­fort dur­ing that time has been fan­tas­tic.”

Sil­ver­wood hailed the im­pact of James Anderson, who took the wicket of Abid Ali to move to 599 vic­tims in Test cricket be­fore bad light stopped play.

“He’s an in­spi­ra­tion, isn’t he? Wow. To have two of them in there [Anderson and Stu­art Broad] above 500 – it’s an amaz­ing ef­fort.

“He’s worked so hard to do it and he’s bril­liant around the place. He’s con­stantly help­ing the other bowlers. It would be bril­liant to see him get over the line.

“It’s su­perb to have one of the best in the world sat in your dress­ing room, play­ing for your coun­try – it is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Between the third and fourth days, Anderson suf­fered four dropped catches in just 37 balls. He had opener Shan Ma­sood spilt at the start of Pak­istan’s sec­ond in­nings af­ter three drops in quick suc­ces­sion on the third evening.

“I thought Jimmy han­dled him­self very well,” Sil­ver­wood said. “You’ve got to ac­cept these things do hap­pen and, as frus­trat­ing as they are, you’ve got to get on with the next ball and try to create the next op­por­tu­nity.”

Sil­ver­wood said that, on a flat wicket, “it will take a lot of ef­fort and a good at­ti­tude” to win the game. “But we’ve seen a lot of that through­out the pe­riod we’ve been locked up and I can’t fault ei­ther one of those in the boys.”

Sil­ver­wood added: “The wicket is slow and there’s not a lot of move­ment out there now. So we have to grind it out.”

He re­jected the sug­ges­tion that Mark Wood should have been picked for his ex­tra pace and bounce. “I’m happy with the bowl­ing at­tack we’ve put out there – we didn’t bowl a lot in the last Test match,” he said.

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