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Published: Fri, November 18, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rajkot Test: Virat Kohli, Alastair Cook disagree on pitch

Rajkot Test: Virat Kohli, Alastair Cook disagree on pitch

The Indian skipper was happy to have escaped with a draw.

"It was a brilliant performance all round - especially from our three spinners", he said. But there were no demons as such in the pitch. We look at it differently.

"He's a find for the game".

"Catch the ball - that's all I can say to sum it up", Kohli said.

Kumble all but confirmed Rahul was set to open with M Vijay in the Test.

Their spin trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari accounted for a share of 13 wickets compared to nine taken by the Indian spinners.

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While Hameed's spot seems assured for the foreseeable future Bayliss does have selection calls to make ahead of Thursday's second Test - not least whether to recall James Anderson.

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England declared at 260 for 3 before tea was taken on the final day.

"I thought it was a fair declaration. And we are here to give India a run for their money".

He had reached his hundred off 194 balls, inclusive of ten fours.

In the build-up to the game, not many gave England the chance to put up a spirited show against India on their own patch.

Contrary to expectations, four England batsmen including skipper Cook smashed centuries in the first Test, in which India battled hard in the fourth innings to prevent a defeat. They went past the 178 runs by Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson in Chennai in 1985.

In his absence, and with Shikhar Dhawan also out with a fractured finger, Gautam Gambhir made his comeback to worldwide cricket in the third Test of that series in Indore. "But if we do, we've a chance of winning", said Bayliss, whose period in charge as coach has seen notable victories over Australia at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, apart from the impressive win over South Africa in Johannesburg.

Hameed and Ben Stokes received particular mention. We saw that in the last ODI against New Zealand last month and I hope it will behave in the same way.

"We showed more character than in Dhaka". "It was really tough five days, good toss to win". We're doing some good stuff at the moment. While these questions always divide opinion amongst genuine Test fans, the fact remains that all home teams have an advantage in terms of conditions and pitches.

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