Eng vs Ind: Collingwood Opinion on Virat Kohli’s Side Playing
It would be unfair to compare the Virat Kohli-led Indian team to the Australian cricket team, according to England assistant coach Paul Collingwood. On day five of the second Test, India, and England provided an intense spectacle as players from both sides engaged in verbal sparring, with Kohli’s team emerging victorious at the historic venue.
England, on the other hand, drew level in the five-match series with a win at Headingley in the third Test.
“I think the Lord’s Test was a very heated Test match, it was very close all the way through. Both sides do not want to give an inch when you have two countries to whom winning means a lot and you do have heated exchanges, so it was great to watch,” Collingwood said.
“We were on the wrong end of the result. Both teams were head to head to each other. “The Australians’ behavior and the way they play their cricket have changed over the years, so to say that India is like Australians would be a little bit harsh,” he added.
India would have hoped to continue the remarkable comeback that they had begun scripting on Day 3 of the third Test at Leeds, with the score at 215 for 2 at the start of the fourth morning. But that didn’t happen, as England’s bowlers came out firing on Day 4 and wrapped up the game in the first session itself, winning by an innings and 76 runs.
The Oval, London
The five-match series is now tied at 1-1, with the fourth Test set to take place at The Oval in London.
“Virat is a very proud man, he leads his country with a lot of emotions. We are very much focused on what we do as an England cricket team,” said Collingwood.
“The conditions look really good out there for batting.” 🏏
“We shouldn’t be scared of whatever total they get.” ❎
Assistant Coach Paul Collingwood says England should be confident in chasing whatever total is set for them 👍
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“We are trying not to focus on what India do and what decisions they make. We want to make the best decisions to put India under pressure, whatever decisions they make are up to them. The decisions we make are the important thing. “How we behave on the field is important to us, hopefully, we can put India under enough pressure for them to make some difficult decisions.”
Collingwood said of pacer James Anderson:
“James Anderson prepares for every series. We knew it would be a long and tough series against India. Back-to-back Tests are not easy for anyone, let alone for someone of James’ age. Anderson is super fit, over the years he has understood his body.
“He is still one of our fastest players in terms of running on the park. It is a cliche in the sport when you are on the older end of your career, age is just a number. But for James, I certainly think that. “His fitness levels are incredible, his skills levels are probably the best in the world. It is great to watch him. It is an art when you watch him bowl.”