In the ongoing fifth test between India and England, team England had selected to bat first and have settled for 198/7 in 90 overs. In a recent interview, Alastair Cook was all praises for the Indian team's bowling in the fifth test so far.
"I thought the way the Indians bowled was fantastic," Cook told Sky Sports, "I think I played one cut and one pull shot all day. A lot of credit to them."
He singled out Mohammed Shami for the praise even though he finished wicketless at stumps with England 198/7. Shami beat the bat countless times and kept Moeen on his toes during his 50-run knock.
“It was an unbelievable spell,” he said. “I was facing Jadeja at the other end and quite happy! We found it hard to know which way it was going. One thing Mo did pretty well, yes he was playing and missing, but he wasn’t curtain-railing as much, he was playing the line.”
“There’s sometimes a skill in playing and missing, I know it’s a bit of a funny thing, but he wasn’t moving his hands as much. Sometimes in Test cricket, you’ve got to just suck it up and you need a bit of luck,” he said.
Cook reckoned the surface in the fifth Test at The Oval in London was the easiest to bat on in the series. "It has been testing batting conditions for both sides with the new ball, but it didn’t nip as much early on here. There also wasn't as much zip off the wicket, it was a slightly slower wicket. There was a bit of swing as the ball got a little bit older. The ball hasn't strung straight away throughout the series."
At the start of the day, Cook received a guard of honour from the Indian team and a rousing reception from a packed stadium. "It all happened so quickly," he said. "It's really weird, I always think playing in the Ashes at Lord’s, walking through the long room, it's such an amazing noise, but you just do not appreciate it. The guard of honour is such a nice gesture, but you’re just focused on batting.
"It was very kind of Virat and the Indians but you're just trying to concentrate on that first ball. The reception I got was fantastic, but it kind of went on a bit and made me even more determined not to get out."
In the five test series, England leads by 3-1 against India and in the last test match, India would aim for a respectable test of 3-2.
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