Farbrace expects fifth day scrap from Root, Ali

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Assistant coach Paul Farbrace is adamant England are determined to retain captain Alastair Cook, despite a worrying stretch of poor form at the top of the order this year.

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace is adamant England are determined to retain captain Alastair Cook, despite a worrying stretch of poor form at the top of the order this year.

Cook hasn't scored a century in the longest form of the international game in 27 innings – and has been particularly ineffective during recent series against the Australians, Sri Lankans and India.

Sunday saw the beleaguered left-hander perish for just 22, as England slipped to 105 for four in pursuit of a staunch 319-run target on day four of the second Test against the Indians at Lord's in London.

"Nothing has changed whatsoever. Absolutely nothing has changed. We all want him to score runs, and I think you saw that everybody in the ground wanted him to score runs. We're all very much behind him – everyone in the team is," said Farbrace.

"He's feeling that a score is close, and you saw here that he fought and scrapped and worked as hard as he possibly could. There is absolutely no question that he is our leader. You've got to turn up expecting your batsmen to get through and score the runs."

Middle-order batsmen Moeen Ali and Joe Root will resume on 15 not out and 14 not out on Monday, when the home side will pursue further 214 runs – and the visitors six more wickets – for a vital one-nil lead in the five-match series.

"We've got two people at the crease who enjoy a scrap. You've got to expect to win a game – that's the key. We're desperate to win this Test match, and we do have an opportunity," added Farbrace.

"It is definitely going to be tough, perhaps we are slightly up against it. But until we lose all the wickets, the game's over, you've got to believe you have a chance of winning. That has to be the way you think. Otherwise, there's no point turning up."

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