Ambati Rayudu slammed an unbeaten 64 as India relied on an all-round display to thrash England by six wickets in the third cricket one-dayer and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series here Saturday.
India`s continued batting failure, notwithstanding, fielding coach Trevor Penney Friday defended the under-performing willow-wielders, saying the visitors had to encounter tough conditions after losing the toss on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against England here.
The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England is scheduled to start on August 15, at The Oval. But before it starts, the major challenge in front of Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, would be to select the playing XI.
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin has expressed hope that one of their bowlers will step up on second day to prevent England from running away with the fourth Test and also expressed his disappointment as he got out after getting set.
With lingering disappointment of an unfavourable verdict in the James Anderson fracas, India go into the fourth cricket Test against England here Thursday facing a selection dilemma on whether to leave out a couple of out-of-form players or give them one last opportunity.
In the wake of losing the third cricket Test and face in the Jadeja-Anderson spat judgment, India will look to regroup and devise a plan to make enough runs and take 20 English wickets to win the fourth Test at the Old Trafford here, starting Thursday.
R Ashwin has it in him to be India`s top spinner on foreign tracks provided he becomes a little more flexible and curbs his aggressive instincts when the situation demands, feels former England off-spinner Graeme Swann.
As a means to gear up for the upcoming Test battle in England, off-spinner R Ashwin today said he has been following the ongoing series between Sri Lanka and the hosts and is trying to take a cue from the visiting team`s slow bowlers.