Craig Overton calls on English bowlers to make the second new ball count

Craig Overton calls on England bowlers to make second new ball count as hosts try to bowl India at Headingley and tie at Test Series level

  • Craig Overton has called on England to make the second new ball count
  • India reduced their deficit to 139 runs at the end of the game in Headingley
  • Early strikes with the second new ball give England confidence in victory
  • A win in Yorkshire will bring the series level to 1-1 en route to the Oval Test


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Craig Overton has called on England to count the second new ball at Headingley on Saturday morning, as Joe Root’s team aim to end resistance from India’s top order and bring the series to 1-1, marking next week’s fourth Test in the Oval is entered.

The tourists finished the third day in Leeds 215 to two, still 139 short to avoid an innings defeat, but with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli already 99 running into a crucial third-wicket partnership.

The new ball will be available immediately when play resumes, with England confident early strikes will allow them to confirm their superiority from the first two days.

Craig Overton has called on the English bowlers to make the most of the second new ball

Craig Overton has called on the English bowlers to make the most of the second new ball

“We are still in a great position in this game, especially with the new ball in the morning,” said Overton, who contributed 32 to England’s 432 first innings before KL Rahul was caught brilliantly by the mid-afternoon striker. Jonny Bairstow in the slips – one of only two Indian wickets to fall on Friday.

“If we can get a few wickets we can hammer it home some more. But credit to them. They made it difficult for us and we have to come back and show what we can do.’

Meanwhile, England will continue their policy of not provoking Virat Kohli, who they believe is feeding off being liquidated by verbal opposition.

“He’s one of the characters who wants to go into battle,” said Overton. “As a side, we’re just trying to make sure we’re doing our business the best we can — not ignoring him, but sticking to the basics.”

England hopes to bowl India on Saturday morning to get closer to victory in Leeds

England hopes to bowl India on Saturday morning to get closer to victory in Leeds

England hopes to bowl India on Saturday morning to get closer to victory in Leeds

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