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Struggling England are told to come out fighting

By David Clough

England's batsmen are under orders to show more "fight" after a costly session put them in big trouble against India on day two in the second Test.

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace called for more resilience as he reflected on England's perilous 103 for five in reply to 455 in Vizag.

Joe Root (53) was kicking himself after holing out off Ravi Ashwin at deep mid-off, having earlier figured in a run out mix-up which ended in Haseeb Hameed's departure.

England lurched to 80 for five at one stage, before Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow batted out most of the final hour.

Even so, on a pitch expected to deteriorate significantly and offer increasing help to Ashwin and his fellow spinners, it is already hard to see how the tourists might escape defeat and a 1-0 deficit going into next week's third Test in Mohali.

Farbrace was adamant England were guilty of batter error, rather than undone by any demons just yet in a pitch which allowed India captain Virat Kohli to hit 167 and his team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara a century too.

"We didn't show enough fight," he said. "Those are times when we need to show a bit more resilience and get stuck in."

It is a case, Farbrace believes, of adapting to unaccustomed conditions.

"That's the skill of the batsman - working out how you're going to play," he said.

"International cricket finds you out quickly. There are times where you've got to adapt your game. If we are going to be successful, we have to cope well in all conditions."

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