Bhuvi: Rose Bowl pitch is great for batting

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India swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has defended his side's bowling attack after they gave up 569 runs to England in the third Test in Southampton, saying the pitch was ideal for batting.

India swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has defended his side's bowling attack after they gave up 569 runs to England in the third Test in Southampton, saying the pitch was ideal for batting.

England declared with seven wickets down late on day two, after Gary Ballance and Ian Bell had made big centuries and Jos Buttler capped the knock off with 83. Kumar admitted it wasn't their best effort, but said the pitch helped the batsmen.

Kumar said: "We were expecting a fight-back from England (after Lord's). So we expected them to come back stronger. The wicket was good for batsmen and as a bowling unit we did our best. Sometimes it happens.

"We were tired and had been in the field for nearly two days. So we just didn't get it right."

Bhuvi was then asked about the one-over spells the pacemen bowled on day two, and he explained: "We were tired as I said and it was an easy wicket for the batsmen. So it was hard work.

"So the captain wanted us to bowl one-over spells and personally I found that easy. That way we didn't really get tired and we also found our rhythm,"

He then commented on Buttler's innings, in which he scored a brisk 83 before being the final wicket to fall before the declaration: "Buttler played a crucial innings. But the pitch was also easy for the batsmen.

"We tried not giving him room because he was looking to play shots. We were looking to get him out all the time he was attacking the ball and finally we managed to do so."

India had reached 25 for one at stumps on day three, still 544 runs behind, so Kumar would hope his batsmen found the track as 'easy' as England did.

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