India vs England: Joe Root and Co should look to prolong visitors' weight for victory on Day 4

So dire is England's situation that even the most optimistic England fan would've already made plans for the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test. England will have to pull off one of the greatest win of all time to win the series: chase 521.

FirstCricket Staff, August 21, 2018

So dire is England's situation that even the most optimistic England fan would've already made plans for the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test. England will have to pull off one of the greatest win of all time to win the series: chase 521.

Alastair Cook will have a crucial role with the bat for England on Day 4. Reuters

Alastair Cook will have a crucial role with the bat for England on Day 4. Reuters

Win, obviously, would be far from England's mind. Survival would be. And for that the onus will be on Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

They are, without, any doubt England's best batsmen on paper. But the problem is that Cook is struggling with form and it's been ages since Root converted a 50 into 100. Both of them will have to play according to the cliched statement: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

In this England batting line-up, Cook has the ability to bat... and bat long. India are aware about the kind of marathon innings he can play. But can he produce one of those on a cloudy day (as the weather forecast suggests)?

The worrying factor for England is that Jonny Bairstow has injured his finger so England might just have to play out two days (or chase 521) without him.

All circumstances are heading towards an Indian win. All England can and should do is prolong the opposition's victory.

Updated Date: Aug 21, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4016 115
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 5819 121
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4275 110
5 Pakistan 3844 104
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2093 110