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Late wickets bonus boosts hard-working England's morale

By David Clough

Published 12/11/2016

Indian batsman Murali Vijay raises his bat after scoring a century
Indian batsman Murali Vijay raises his bat after scoring a century

England believe they richly deserved their two-wicket 'bonus' after a day of hard graft and discipline in Rajkot. India's Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124) made England toil without reward during a near five-hour stand of 209.

Yet after just two wickets in more than 100 overs, two more fell in the space of four balls just before the close as India reached 319 for four in reply to 537.

England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace was able to reflect on a day of hard-earned just reward and a late morale boost.

The wickets of Vijay and then Amit Mishra both fell to short-leg catches by Haseeb Hameed off England's spinners.

"I wouldn't say it's given us an edge, (but) it's given us a huge lift," said Farbrace.

"When you go all day with two wickets, to get two at the end is a real bonus. It was perseverance, sticking to a very disciplined way of bowling - our seamers did a fantastic job."

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