Seamer says England will purpose to “tick it off slowly” in pursuit of their highest profitable chase
England have been set 368 to win, a complete they’ve by no means efficiently chased within the fourth innings. But having made a powerful begin to their second innings on the fourth night – they’ll resume on the ultimate day on 77 with out loss – Woakes felt the group had the assumption and the ability to pull off a “great, great chase”.
Woakes additionally identified that the floor on which England’s bowlers toiled for 148.2 overs in India’s second innings remained thankless for bowlers and will maintain few fears for batters.
“We felt like it was a good enough wicket to be able to chase any score,” Woakes stated. “To go all the way and chase down that score would be an incredible effort. It would be a great, great chase.
“But our openers have performed an excellent job and put us in a good place to begin on the ultimate day. To get one other 291 on a day-five pitch at all times sounds like a troublesome ask however we have to hold reminding ourselves that this pitch remains to be good for batting and we will do it if we bat nicely all the way in which down.
“We just have to tick it off slowly. We won’t get too far ahead of ourselves. I hear that it’ll be a full house here at The Oval, so the atmosphere will be great. And that’s where you want to be as a player. I watched the first three Tests of this series at home and was desperate to be a part of it, so I’m absolutely buzzing to be here and hopefully we have an opportunity to win tomorrow.”
“That game was a very different scenario to what we have here,” stated Woakes, who completed unbeaten on 84 as England received by three wickets in Manchester. “But I think this pitch is probably better than that one.
“But on the similar time, you recognize each chase is completely different. You want guys to get themselves in and create massive partnerships and that places stress on the opposition from a bowling perspective. We’ve been on this place many instances as a facet and if you’re bowling, you are below stress to take wickets. Each run is chipping away on the opposition. The longer you will get guys batting collectively and create a partnership that makes it harder for the opposition.
“This team has done some special things over the last few years in different formats. These are the times you want to be part of it. We’re trying to do something special. It’s a great place to be.
“There’s lots of arduous work nonetheless to be performed however you may draw on these experiences. You can look again on what we have performed previously and what we’re able to as a group. Lots of time it’s nearly believing you’ve got bought the power to do this after which going out and executing it. Everyone will be in settlement with the truth that we will go on and get the runs; there’ll be little doubt about that.”
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo