Foakes urging concentration for final Test

01 March 2021 23:08:03 GMTPlus10

Ben Foakes has told his England team-mates to keep a clear mind, forget their third Test batting shambles and remember they are on the verge of an "awesome" achievement in India.

England went 2-1 down in the series last week after being skittled for just 112 and 81 in a calamitous ten-wicket loss in Ahmedabad.

We are in with a chance of a pretty awesome achievement if we win this last one.

Ben Foakes

It was the fifth innings in a row in which England have been bowled out for under 200 in the face of an incessant spin assault from the buoyant Indians.

And Joe Root's side are going to have to dust themselves down pretty quickly and try to banish the demons as they prepare for the fourth and final Test, which starts on the same ground on Thursday.

Foakes was one of a handful of England stars who were back out in the middle at the Narendra Modi Stadium at the weekend, trying to pick up some clues as to how to deal with a pitch that will continue to turn sharply.

And the England keeper insists a gameplan and a more positive approach could be the ingredients to levelling the series.

"We can't get too down on ourselves over the last couple of innings," Foakes told cricinfo. "It's about trying to keep a clear mind, stick to the gameplans and be slightly more positive at times if the situation dictates, but trying to come up with a gameplan that potentially works on that surface now we've had experience of what it was like in the last game.

"We're still in a position to draw in India; we are in with a chance of a pretty awesome achievement if we win this last one."

India are 1.53 to complete a 3-1 series victory in Ahmedabad, with England available at 3.75.

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