Farbrace: Tomorrow is about showing guts, determination and class

England v India 2018 tour

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has called on the team to show what they are made of as they bid to save the third Test against India.

The hosts need 521 runs to win or more realistically need to bat for two days to ensure the draw and take an India series win off the table.

India head into the final two days odds on two win after two solid batting displays either side of an England collapse.

This has left the hosts chasing the game which is a must-win for their opponents.

Speaking to Sky Sport’s Nasser Hussain after play Farbrace said that England should look to emulate Virat Kohli: “Tomorrow is about showing guts, determination and class. Kohli is the best player in the world, his technique he is constantly improving and learning about and that’s something we can all learn from.”

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Farbrace was hopeful that Jonny Bairstow, who fractured his finger while keeping, will be fit to bat in the England innings.

He said: “The doctor has been in trying to relieve some pressure on it but hopefully when he is needed he will be ok to bat.

“Five matches in such a short space of time takes its toll but we have a good team looking after them and you want your best players to play as much as they can.”

When asked why Ben Stokes, one of England’s best catchers was not fielding in the slips, Farbrace said that the big allrounder prefers not to be posted in the corden.

He said: “He is one of our best catchers and he certainly goes in there for the spinner but he likes the idea of being out in the outfield, especially when he is bowling. But it is important we have the right people in there.”

England reached 23 without loss in the nine overs they were forced to face on the third afternoon.